BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 CALSCALE:GREGORIAN PRODID:iCalendar-Ruby VERSION:2.0 BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Shooting Gallery is pleased to present Toy Box\, a solo show by Robert Xavier Burden. Join us for the opening reception Saturday\, May 11\, from 7-11pm. The exhibit will be open to the public for viewing through June 1st\, 2013.

\n

Toy Box will consist of 16 oil paintings both on canvas and on panel\, all of which place childhood icons into compositions of reverence and majesty. Backdrops that appear like ecclesiastical stained glass or elaborately woven rugs from afar reveal something different at cl oser view\; characters once only at home in comics and cartoons are crossin g over into the realms of oil portraits with the help of Burden’s imaginati ve eye and deft detailing.

\n

But Burde n isn’t simply a nostalgia merchant\; his work deliberately re-imbues child hood icons with the magic they once possessed. Though Burden’s larger-than- life size representations of what are commonly mass-produced action figures naturally opens a dialogue on commodity fetishism\, Burden’s pieces ultima tely affect the viewer on a more visceral than conceptual level\, with an h onest evocation of the wonderment that children see radiating from their fa vorite toys.

\n

 

\n

 

\n

From the artist:

\n

 

\n

In 2006 I began a series of large-scale oil paintings based upon the sm all action figures that I played with as a boy. I remember these figures as being magnificent. They represented power\, beauty\, good and evil\, and t hey captured every aspect of my imagination. As a young adult\, these toys are wonderfully nostalgic\, but they're no longer amazing to me. The patter ns that adorn many of the canvases are often taken from fabric\, rug or wal lpaper patterns from my childhood home. The original toy is often framed in a shadowbox attached to the painting\, acting as a modern reliquary for th ese figurines. The ineffability of what can turn a cheap yet coveted piece of plastic into an almost talismanic object was the original inspiration fo r this work. I am also motivated by the amorphous line that is drawn betwee n imagination and reality\, childhood wonder and adult practicality. There is an obvious irony in spending hundreds of hours to create a single painti ng that glorifies a cheap\, mass-produced toy. And while that irony could r eflect issues of commodity fetishism\, consumer addiction\, Peter Pan Syndr ome or even shallow idolatry\, I want these paintings to represent somethin g positive in my life. There is nothing profound about commenting on the mi nor tragedy of losing one's innocence\, or the struggle to maintain one's i dealism. I just want to renew my faded sense of awe.

\n

 

\n

\n

Robert Xavier Burden lives and works in San Francisco and has exhibited extensively throughout N orth America. He has received honors such as the Irene Pijoan Memorial Pain ting Award from the San Francisco Art Institute\, and the Murphy and Cadoga n Fellowship Award from the San Francisco Foundation.

DTEND:20130601 DTSTAMP:20140423T132825 DTSTART:20130511 GEO:37.7862859;-122.4177545 LOCATION:Shooting Gallery\,886 Geary Street \nSan Francisco\, CA 94109 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Toy Box\, Robert Burden UID:273210 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130511T230000 DTSTAMP:20140423T132825 DTSTART:20130511T190000 GEO:37.7862859;-122.4177545 LOCATION:Shooting Gallery\,886 Geary Street \nSan Francisco\, CA 94109 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Toy Box\, Robert Burden UID:273211 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR