Saranac Lake Local photographer Burdette Parks is the featured artist for the month of August in the lobby gallery of Pendragon Theatre.
An exhibit of his photographs titled, “Simplexity,” opens on Aug. 7, with an Artist's Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and will run through Labor Day.
“The natural order of nature is chaos,” Parks said. “Nature tends not to do things in an orderly way. The natural world is a chaotic jumble of random occurrences of complexly ordered systems. There are too many variables and influences at work for order to be sustained. So when we observe nature in it's unadulterated state, we see mostly the resulting chaos.
“In this series of images, my goal as a photographer has been to make images of the natural world that simplify nature's inherent chaos,” she added.
The display system for the images in this exhibit is a marked departure from the more traditional matting and framing of prints under glass. In collaboration with a skilled woodworker, a unique shadowbox-like presentation was created with the images "floating free" within a finely crafted natural wood box. The images were printed on specially coated photo-canvas using archival pigment inks. After drying, they were given two coatings of sealant to protect the surfaces from scrapes, water and UV light. The canvases were then "stretched" onto wooden panels, positioned over background panels and locked in place. “Floating” within the box gives the images an added impression of depth.
Burdette was born and educated in North Dakota receiving a bachelor’s in Theater Arts from the University of North Dakota. A brief invitational stint with the U.S. Army got him to Texas where he managed and owned live theaters over fourteen years in both San Antonio and Austin.
During more than two decades directing and producing live theater, Burdette incorporated photography—doing publicity and production photography for his own and other theaters. His first formal gallery show was in 1980 at a San Antonio gallery and for thirty years a sculptural piece of his has graced the Sculpture Garden at the San Antonio Museum of Art.