Opening Reception: Friday March 30th, 7 - 10 pm
March 30 - April 24, 2012
An enthusiast of birding, Rena Burns creates nest-like sculptures suffused with objects from her collections. Like the weaverbird she mimics, she weaves organic masses with willow branches, grass, wire, and yarn. The process is arduous, and the construction is convoluted. The collection, those objects we are compelled to find and keep, become woven between the layers. The collector cares not for the use value of these objects that seem to live in the space between display and safekeeping.
The weaverbirds, gregarious yet cautious in nature, construct their nests in colonies as a form of protection. Earning their name, the weaver painstakingly threads nesting materials back and forth, creating an intricate and elaborate hanging refuge. Burns traces these behaviours by constructing similar dwellings that suggest a longing for this sense of security. Painted black, these complex structures hang in the gallery space and cast ominous shadows across the walls and floor.
Burns' interest in the nesting habits of birds began as a child, offering bits of string to birds in the backyard of her childhood home. Although notions of home are intrinsic in her work, these vacant dwellings seem almost menacing. The looming shadows of these woven structures become a recollection, suggesting a memory of what once might have been.
Rena Burns is a multi-disciplinary artist, focused primarily on painting and drawing. Born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, she received her Honours BA in Visual Arts in 2007 from Brock University and is currently working as an educator.
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CRAM International is an artist collective operating Canada's smallest alternative multi-purpose art facility. Organized on a benevolent dictatorial management model, CRAM Gallery is funded by collective members, sponsors, patrons, partners, and the director. Since 2006, CRAM has encouraged and promoted local investment in original art and advocated for local contemporary artists.
Since 2007 CRAM International has been in a unique and growing relationship of cultural exchange with the artists of Taller Cultural "Luis Diaz Oduardo" in Santiago de Cuba that has artists from both counties participating in exhibitions, mural events, print projects, and artist residencies. CRAM International is the sole Canadian representative of the artists in the Cuban Artist Exchange and maintains a selection of original Cuban prints and paintings.
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