Bruce Burris: We Will Someday, Someday We Will

by Phillip March Jones, Bruce Burris

Director's Note:

We Will Someday, Someday We Will. It might be tomorrow, the day after or even next week, but we will. Someday We Will. Our lives are full of daily resolutions to improve ourselves and the way we live. The majority of these resolutions are put off indefinitely with the ever-comforting, "someday." But there is work to be done, and the indefinite future has to come about someday. As a curator, I knew that someday I would put together a show of work by Bruce Burris. Someday is here.

Burris' exhibition at Institute 193 is an amalgam of sculpture, drawing, painting, and installation work all crammed into our 700 square foot gallery. In a way, it is the perfect space to explore Burris' vision, which is constructed using colorful bursts of information, text, and image. The pieces support one another as building blocks of the artist's larger vision. The subjects of mountaintop removal, community dynamics, and protest are dynamic issues which are quick to evoke heated discussion, especially in the state of Kentucky. Burris handles these delicate issues with essential humor and whimsy, but is never dismissive of their power to divide.

This book and its associated exhibition represent a certain kind of expansive potential for Burris' work. Each of the works contained within these pages is designed to grow and expand. They are not the products of short-term vision, but well-polished models intended for expanded installations and bodies of work. The Lonely Mountain Community Center has a never-ending energy that allows it to alter its scale, content, and aesthetic at will. The cultural ephemera being created by the Stoner Creek Boys can continue to evolve into an infinite number of physical incantations further adding to their myth. The Mountain Top Removal Protestors can grow into a full-fledged army of opposition, fighting for their cause in large numbers. Their armed opposition will obviously augment their own forces in response. We Will Someday, Someday We Will is full of potential energy and challenges all of us to engage with our larger community and become a part of the ongoing debates that will shape our future. Someday is not as far off, as it seems.