Opening Reception: Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 6-9pm
Location: SWIM Gallery | 509 Ellis St. (@Leavenworth) SF, CA 94109
Exhibition Dates: June 28 – July 13, 2018
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12-5pm and by appointment
SWIM Gallery and The San Francisco Arts Commission present the latest solo exhibition by Christopher Burch, entitled, “Br’er Rabbit and The Blues”.
Recipient of the 2017 Individual Artist Grant (IAC), Burch, has created a grotesque and oddly beautiful collection of preliminary studies for his graphic novel, mixed media sculptural pieces, and large scale works. In totality, the exhibition, “Br’er Rabbit and The Blues” poetically folds the space between folklore and the lived experience.
Christopher Burch is an artist, event organizer, and educator based in San Francisco, CA, and St. Louis, MO. He received the Painting Fellowship for his graduate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA 2008) and is a graduate of Columbia College with a BFA in 2002. He worked with the St. Louis Freedom Schools as a program coordinator and arts instructor from 200 to 2002. From 2004 to 2006 he worked as curriculum developer for the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis, MO, creating several yearlong education/residence programs within four St. Louis public schools. In 2008 to 2009 he worked for the East Oakland School of the Arts (EOSA).
In the course of his education work Burch was a board member, from 2002-2006, of a community based arts organization in St. Louis, MO, entitled Art Dimensions. 2008 to 2010, in San Francisco, he co-curated an independent arts series entitled “The Other Side of a Smile”. Starting in 2008 and continuing to this day he has organized several ongoing underground music/community-building residencies in San Francisco entitled “Gumbo Experiment” and “Unbroken Circle”. Currently, Burch is working on several large-scale public works/educational programs that explore personal myth making and the re-imagining of identity, entitled “Reflective Mythologies: Portraits Re-mixed”. He is also a founding member of The Screwed Arts Collective whose architecturally scaled improvisation wall drawings have been exhibited at the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, MO, The World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, MO, and The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, MI.