Gary Burnley creates physical collages and stereographic devices that encourage dissociated images to merge in the eye and mind of the viewer. Resulting in optical rivalries that explore alternative narratives, representation, memory, and meaning through contrast and contradiction, his amalgamations imagine strange bedfellows congruent for moments in time, space, and reason. Burnley received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from Yale University. His work is part of the museum and private collections in U.S. including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, Houston, TX, Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, VA, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN., Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, and the Marieluise Hessel Collection, Bard College.
Selected solo and group exhibitions include Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, Aperture Gallery, NYC, Ogden Museum, New Orleans, LA, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, NYC, Tbilisi University, Tbilisi, Georgia, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA, SALON, Florence, Italy, Honey Ramaka Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Artists Space, NYC. A finalist for the 2022 American Aftermaths Grant, work published in Dear Dave Magazine Issue #30 January 2022, 2020 Blue Sky Solo Show Winner, Photolucida Critical Mass 2020 Top 50 Selection, 2019 FotoFilmic Mesh Award finalist, finalist for the Clarence John Laughlin Photography Award 2018, and the recipient of individual artist fellowships and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Connecticut, New York State Council on the Arts, Creative Artist Public Service Program, NYC, The MTA, NYC and Bi-State Development, Saint Louis, Missouri.
This residency and mentorship support is co-sponsored by the Darryl Chappell Foundation, a collaboration since 2020.