Rowan Burkam: Geometry of Motion 33°27'37.4"N 112°04'27.8"W
Rowan Burkam has works in both FOUND:RE Contemporary and FOUND:RE Hotel that are focused on the psychology of perception, place and how we negotiate space. The works that Burkam creates ask us to reconsider the perspective we have on the world around us by making the experience of viewing sculptural geometries into a metaphor for the gestalt experience of how we take in and process any phenomenon, be it personal, political, spiritual, etc. Both duration and the contemplation are central notions for understanding Brukam's oeuvre and the titles of the works in this show reference the places they have been shown in the past as well as where they currently reside in order to underscore the dialectic contrast of movement between exhibition spaces and an embodied sense of presence in the here and now.
Bio: Rowan Burkam was born in Peterborough New Hampshire and raised in the United Kingdom where he earned an art “A” level certificate from the Reigate School of Art. In 2000 he apprenticed with the Native American artist and sculptor Cloud Eagle at his studio in Nambe, NM, exposing himself to indigenous art and beliefs. After moving to Los Angeles in 2001 to study 3D animation, he landed a job with for the art director Keith Greco, helping produce exclusive events and parties. Between 2008-2010 he worked for the fashion and designer Rick Owens at his atelier in Paris where he gained insight and experience from the world of high art, fashion and design. After returning to the states in 2011 he shot and produced a documentary in Guatemala and two independent films, Archangel and Nebuchadnezzar, based in Los Angles and Switzerland. His art was also included in a group show at the Here is Elsewhere Gallery in Los Angeles in 2012. In 2013 he began working toward a BFA in Intermedia at Arizona State University and got hired as an art handler at the ASU art museum. During this time he has continued to work with film and video, focusing on artist profiles and discussing artists identities in relation to the development of their work. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in May 2016.