Using paper, tightly rolled to create a tube of sorts and then bent into a skeletal form, Burleson crafts lyrical lamp shapes. Vaguely allegorical, the structures are designed to hang from the ceiling, but some are large enough to be placed on the floor. Legend has it, that Burleson’s interest in lamps may have originated during an accident (or possibly multiple accidents) while on a shopping trip to a local warehouse store.
Throughout all of Burleson’s work runs the thread of strange theatricality created by early pop artists like Claes Oldenburg and Red Grooms.
Burleson’s work was recently included in the travelling exhibition “Create”, co-curated by Larry Rinder and Matthew Higgs, that originated at the Berkeley Art Museum.