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Tom Burtonwood (b. United Kingdom) is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist, curator and educator. He/they make art works that explore multi-stable perception through different modes of observation, representation and production. Their interests include image ambiguity, contour detection, depth perception, simultaneity and computational representation of phenomena. Recent projects are an investigation of how simultaneity is perceived through networked camera systems, experienced via mechanical apparatus, performed as improvised gestures and apprehended by volumetric image making devices. These inputs resolve to a variety of image, object, video and installation outcomes shown in exhibition spaces and distributed via networked computers systems.
Recent venues presenting Burtonwood's work include Platform, Evanston; Riverside Art Center, Riverside, IL; CICA Museum Gyeonggi-do, Korea; DEMO Project, Springfield, IL; Terrain Biennial 2017, Oak Park, IL; Flux Factory, NY, NY; The Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA; Bruce High Quality Foundation University, NY, NY; The Printing Museum, Houston, TX; Fuseworks, Brooklyn, NY; Front Room Gallery Brooklyn, NY; New Capital, Chicago, IL; The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL and Printed Matter, NY, NY.
Burtonwood has attended residencies at the Ryan Center, Art Institute of Chicago; Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL; Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Scotland; Harold Arts, Chesterhill, OH; and Make Labs, Make Magazine, San Francisco.
His/their work is included the holdings of the following libraries and collections, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J Watson Library; The Boston Athanaeum, Boston, MA;The Insitut for Aestetik, Aarhus, Denmark; Yale University Library, New Haven, CT; MIT Library, Cambridge, MA; The Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA and the University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE.
Burtonwood has curated over twenty exhibitions of contemporary art working with Chicago - based artist run galleries GARDENFresh (2002 - 2009) and What It Is (2010 - present). Most recently he/they curated/organized "In Real Life" at Platform in Evanston IL June 2nd - July 13th 2018
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