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Artist Talk & Public Reception: Wednesday

Katarina Burin: Irrational Attachments

Installation view of "Katarina Burin: Irrational Attachments", 2020. Photo by Scott Alario.

Installation view of "Katarina Burin: Irrational Attachments", 2020. Photo by Scott Alario.

Installation view of "Katarina Burin: Irrational Attachments", 2020. Photo by Scott Alario.

Katarina Burin "Planter for Creeping Time, July or August, probably 1978", 2019
Cement, Thyme plants, plexiglass, masonite, digital image

Katarina Burin: Irrational Attachments is a continuation of Providence College Galleries’ (PC–G) Beyond Bauhaus program, a more than yearlong series of exhibitions, publications and commissioned installations featuring contemporary artists whose studio practices register with the history and concerns of Bauhaus (1919-1933), the German art school so influential on modern art, architecture, craft, design and education.

A solo exhibition by Cambridge and New York-based artist Katarina Burin. Using a variety of sources and techniques—from sculpture and spatial interventions to historical fiction conveyed with mixed media visual art and text—she explores the ways modernism has profoundly influenced the built environment, especially that of Central and Eastern Europe.

Featuring entirely new work, Irrational Attachments includes models, assemblages and sculptural objects informed by the architecture and infrastructure of public spaces of the former Eastern Bloc. Positioned throughout the gallery, concrete fragments make up tableaus of furniture-like anti-monuments, or in the artist’s words “monuments to the banal.” Form blurs with function. Inscriptions of language meet pure abstraction. Smooth concrete surfaces abut natural terrain, as bits of greenery peek out to show signs of life in an otherwise abandoned scene. Referencing architectural and design histories, photographic documentation and her own memories, Burin accumulates these elements into a total artwork reminiscent of plazas common in former Soviet Bloc countries.

Katarina Burin: Irrational Attachments is organized by Jamilee Lacy, PC–G Director & Chief Curator. Support for the exhibition and publication as part of the Beyond Bauhaus series is generously provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Providence College’s School of Arts & Sciences and Department of Art & Art History.


Katarina Burin was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, and currently lives and works in Cambridge and New York City. She has recently exhibited in institutional solo and group shows at Usdan Gallery at Bennington College, Vermont; The Drawing Center, New York; Fitchburg Museum of Art, Massachusetts; Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at University of Chicago; Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany; Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, among others. She is a former Radcliffe Institute Fellow and recipient of the James and Audrey Foster prize from ICA Boston. She has been an artist-in-residence at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Skowhegan, Yaddo, and MacDowell Colony. Burin holds a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Georgia. She is faculty in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University.

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