City Wide Open Studios 2017 Alternative Space Weekend at the New Haven Armory October 14, 15
This year, I had some of my latest work on display. I made all of the photographs using my handmade pinhole cameras (yes, it's just a small hole, without a lens) and long exposure times (10 months to a full year), New Work | Antique Photography. Antique in that I use the simplest, most basic device to capture images. And in the long exposure times, everything in motion disappears from view and we're left with the fixed landscape and structures, and in some cases, evidence of the sun, with the paths of light built up in the sky.
City Wide Open Studios 2017 CANCELLED the demo/workshop: DIY Pinhole Cameras: How to Make One with Colin Burke
Sorry I had to cancel the workshops this year. Four days before I started getting the head cold I was trying so hard to avoid. I made the decision, albeit reluctantly, to cancel, and rest up so I could make it through the weekend rather than prep materials, etc. When the opportunity did come up, and there were questions about the cameras I use, I had some on hand to help explain my process.
And yes, I've heard your suggestions and I plan to make some how to videos this winter.
Last year, you might have visited me in the attic at the Armory, where I transformed the space into a giant walk-in camera, or Camera Obscura. This year, I'll show you how to make a smaller version of it-- a pinhole camera --one of the most basic, simplest cameras you can use. I've been making and using them to create my artwork for the past 7 years. I'll show you how to make one using some common, everyday materials.
Visit me at City-Wide Open Studios at the Armory* Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15 Workshop at 1:30 PM
Thanks to Allan Appel and the New Haven Independent for the review and continued support and coverage of the arts. Full review can be seen here.
September 30, 2016 Gearing up for City-Wide Open Studios
CWOS ALTERNATIVE SPACE at the Armory on Goffe Street, New Haven CT Saturday and Sunday, OCTOBER 15 & 16, Noon - 6 PM
Visit me in the attic.
Right now, I'm in the middle of designing a site-specific installation. I have part of the very cool attic space in the New Haven Armory. Been out to measure and took pics last weekend. Very excited to see the natural state of the space already functioning as a camera obscura. Though I couldn't see the color much it's very apparent in the photos.
I'll be turning the space into a double camera obscura and add a sculptural element. The sculpture is what I'm designing now.
And by designing I mean having a vision/idea/goal in mind, knowing most of my materials, and keeping in mind the space, limitations and challenges.
eARTh Day April 22, 2016
Today is the day I'll be taking down the pinhole camera that's been up in the sunroof of my car since October 18.
I plan to do a LIVE broadcast via Periscope at 1pm EDT.
No no idea what to expect... Well, I have SOME ideas. I'll be happy to see it no matter what.
Winter Solstice and de-installed the show at SCSU. Nice to have big work pack down so compactly!
I opened Burke Studio in 2006 in Hartford--eight years ago this summer. I now begin my ninth year.
Participated in the annual City-Wide Open Studios in New Haven for the first time at my studio at Erector Square. Had about 100+ visitors each day and sold some cyanotypes. The best part of the weekend, besides hanging out with great people, was seeing/hearing how inspired visitors were to go home and create their own art!
I was one of the artists selected to create a site-specific installation for the City-Wide Open Studios Alternative Space Weekend held at The New Haven Register building.
I proposed to make one of the Register's delivery trucks into a Camera Obscura. It was a great weekend, weather wise, and had over 100 people step inside the truck each day.
Artspace New Haven gave me a generous grant for the Camera Obscura project and waived my registration fees for CWOS. Thank you Artspace!
Here I am during one of the lulls.
It’s not too early to think about holiday gift ideas!
Give the gift of art and quality time this holiday season.
Alternative Photography: Cyanotype Workshop Make one-of-a-kind photographs with the historic process of cyanotype. Students will learn about the discovery of the process and the history of photography and see some examples of early cyanotypes, as well as more contemporary works. In the lab portion, students will make their own handcrafted cyanotype prints with simple materials, sunlight and water. These prints – photograms – are made without a camera, lens, film, darkroom or computer. Each print is unique. As this is a chemistry based process, students will also learn about the safety and proper handling of the materials. In case of inclement weather, we will use an indoor UV lightbox.
Saturdays, 9:30am - 2:30pm, Starting April 2013
Exploring Pinhole Photography
Learn the history of photography; see some early camera designs and the interesting pictures that come from them. We´ll discover how we can adapt and adopt the basic functions of these early cameras for our own hand-built pinhole cameras. By the end of the first day, we should have our cameras ready to start shooting pictures using photographic paper negatives. The rest of the workshop time we´ll continue learning how to load and shoot pictures with our cameras. We´ll tweak and troubleshoot as needed. Then we´ll go in the darkroom to develop our paper negatives and make prints. This is a hands-on course using sharp tools and photochemistry.
Saturdays, 9:30am - 2:30pm, Starting January 2013
Workshops at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven are a go for Fall! Watch this space
May 19, 2012: 1 deadline met last night! Next?!
Night Picnic at Artspace New Haven , "Illuminated Universe" site-specific installation, I have a piece in this show, runs until May 30, 2012
May 8, 2012: Ten days until deadlines. Made a few long (10+ minutes) pinhole exposures of the day-after-SuperMoon (Sunday night). Heading into the studio/darkroom tomorrow night to develop...
May 1, 2012: Worked on a set of cyanotypes Sunday, along with the wind... Artspace New Haven's amazing Galawas Saturday, among the doppelgangers: Baby Jane Holzer and ... Friday, was the visiting artist at Artism, a visual arts program for young people on the autism spectrum at Southern Connecticut State University... April 21 was the Pinhole Camera Build and Use Workshop at Creative Arts Workshop
April 30, 2012
Illustration of Erector Square when it was the A.C. Gilbert Co. Factory
Artspace New Haven Gala Shiny Pop and Screen Test was last Saturday, April 28, 2012, awesome
Friday, April 27, I was a visiting artist at Southern Connecticut State University, Artism program for young adults on the autism spectrum. The visual arts class was an hour and a half, and we made cyanotype photograms.Great sunny, but windy, day to make awesome cyanotypes.
Saturday, April 21 was the Pinhole Camera Build and Use Workshop at Creative Arts Workshop. A day-long class spent building the cams, shooting, and developing in the darkroom. We could easily have spent a few days perfecting things, but it was a good intro class.
Thursday, April 19 I shipped the first printed (and framed) version of my solargraphs, to the Mills Pond House Gallery in St. James NY for the Hand-made Photography Show that opens Saturday, May 5 and runs until June 1. Juried by alt-pro pro Christopher James. yea.
- Colin Burke
Written while listening to: Where is My Mind ... The Pixies
March 26, 2012
Since my last post, I've been very busy setting things up at the new studio.
Work continues on closing up the light leaks in the darkroom.
Over the past few days, I've also been working on this new website, with the new URL colinburkestudio.com
I was able to copy over most of the content from the old site, too.
February 2, 2012
The new studio!
The space is empty, for now.
January 30, 2012
I de-installed my Library Science piece this afternoon. The de-install to install time ratio works out to about 1:100. Gravity helped. A lot.
January 21, 2012
Changed the design of the website and with that some links have disappeared. I will have to go back in and manually enter them again.
My installation at the New Haven Museum, Deliquescence, ends next Saturday.
The Creative Arts Workshop on Pinhole Cameras (February 11) is FULL! So, that's good news for me, but unfortunately, some folks can't sign-up this time around. I'm going to propose running the Pinhole Camera Workshop again this summer. In the meantime, I might offer it on my own some time in April at a location TBA.
My residency at Artspace ends this month as well. The next artist-in-residence at Artspace is Giada Crispiels, who I met after my artist talk at the New Haven Museum last month. Cool constructions/installation. She takes over the space next month.
"Do you curl up with a book or a nook, kindle or iPad? Where do you turn for news and entertainment? Where do you go to learn?
Our browse-at-will, on-demand habits and reliance on the World Wide Web is changing myriad professions and institutions, arguably none as much as the field of Library and Information Science.
But isn't the internet a virtual library? Nope. Despite the pace of digitalizing books, images, and streaming audio, there is little to be had there, in comparison to libraries."
What do you do with half a million feet of microﬁlm destined for the dump? “Make art, of course,” says New Haven artist Colin Burke, one of seven local artists commissioned by Artspace New Haven to create site-speciﬁc art for Library Science, an art exhibition running until January 28, 2012.
Deliquescence, Burke’s site-speciﬁc installation at the New Haven Museum, includes microﬁlm from the New York Times collection. Burke repurposes media from Connecticut libraries to create a connection between the past, the present, and the future of how we experience the library. On Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30 PM at the New Haven Museum, Burke will present a gallery talk about his newest installation. ... read the rest at Elm City Beat's website
November 24, 2011
I'll be leading a workshop on pinhole photography at Creative Arts Workshop on February 11. This workshop is a full-day, including building your own pinhole camera and then using it to shoot black and white prints.
Creative Arts Workshop Winter 2012 February 11, 2012 9:30 AM - 4:30
WORKSHOPS Pinhole Photography PH20WS12W Take the mystery out of photography when you learn how to make your own working pinhole camera. The pinhole camera is a simple device that can take unique pictures with infinite depth of field. You can make a pinhole camera out of just about any hollow object. In this course, students will learn about the history of photography, see some of the first camera designs and the earliest known photographs. Then we'll discover how we can adapt and adopt the basic ideas behind these early cameras for our own hand-built pinhole cameras. In part two of the workshop, students will learn to start shooting pictures using photographic paper negatives. Then we'll go in the darkroom where students will learn how to develop paper negatives and how to make prints. This is a hands-on course using sharp tools and photochemistry. Instructor: Colin Burke Saturday, 9:30am - 4:30pm, Feb 11 Cost: $75; members: $68
Presenting the completed images from my pinhole camera project, Parallax, at the New Britain Museum of American Art this Wednesday, November 2, at 1pm. Free with museum admission. for more information, visit www.nbmaa.org
This week, I'm finishing the installation project at the New Haven Museum-- part of the Library Science project.
Library Science (November 12, 2011 - January 28, 2012
Artspace is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Library Science. Conceived of by New York based curator Rachel Gugelberger, the exhibition will feature 22 contemporary artists, both emerging and established, who are inspired by libraries in their drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, painting or web-based projects.
The exhibition title references Eleanor Antin's artwork "Library Science" (1971), which appropriated libraries' classification methods to represent the identities of living women. The title also refers to Library and Information Science, a field that studies library resource usage, human interaction with library systems, and information organization. The show will investigate how our physical, intellectual and personal relationships with the library and its materials are changing as libraries adapt to the digital world. If the book dies, might the library survive? How can libraries evolve to keep pace with the 21st century?
Featured works contemplate the emotional connections that tie the reader to the book,
In conjunction with the exhibition at Artspace, Connecticut artists were invited to submit proposals for research residencies towards creating site and situation-specific projects at local libraries. Selected artists are: Colin Burke(The Whitney Library of the New Haven Museum), Heather Lawless (The New Haven Free Public Library), Andy Deck & Carol Padberg (Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University), and Tyler Starr (Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale). In addition, an exhibition at The Institute Library, timed to open with Library Science, will feature a series of new library-based portraits made by Meredith Miller and Rob Rocke. All participating institutions are in walking distance from the gallery.
Library Science seeks to encourage librarians to forge relationships with artists and support the creation and presentation of new artwork by providing assistance with research and access to information. The project will also reach out beyond New Haven to library patrons throughout Connecticut via an online exhibition catalogue, and an associated statewide film festival.
Library Science is generously supported with funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.
October 13, 2011
Burke Studio @ Artspace New Haven 50 Orange Street New Haven CT
October 22 & 23
Noon to 5pm
free, outdoor cyanotype demonstration both days 11:30-Noon (weather permitting)
& while you're there, you can also check-out the City-Wide Open Studio Exhibition at Artspace
September 22, 2011
Arts Calendar Filling up Fast
Installation Design for Library Science Project, New Haven Museum/Whitney Library
I'm making a few design changes to my installation that will be at the New Haven Museum/Whitney Library--part of Library Science, a group exhibition that opens November 12. City-Wide Open Studios Kick-off Party in New Haven Opening Reception on Friday, October 14, 2011 5-8pm? Artspace 50 Orange Street New Haven CT
Open Studio Weekend October 22, 23 Noon to 5pm Burke Studio @ Artspace 50 Orange Street New Haven CT
As Artist-in-Residence, I'll be hosting my Open Studio Weekend at my studio in Artspace.
August 8, 2011 Colin Burke Begins Research Residency, New Haven CT
Colin Burke begins his research residency to create new work to be sited in a New Haven host library. Burke's winning proposal envisioned a library content-specific installation using his collection of microfilm as material for a 3-D structure. He will be working with the staff of The Whitney Library of the New Haven Museum. Burke's research will become the basis for his art installation at the museum. Sponsored by Artspace New Haven, Burke's piece will be part of the Library Science exhibition opening in November.
Earlier this year, Burke submitted a comprehensive proposal to curator Rachel Gugelberger, who, working with Artspace staff, sought proposals for site-specific and time-based works at local libraries, or situation-specific works related to the use of local libraries.
July 18, 2011 re: June 18, 19, 2011
Burke Studio Hosts Camera Obscura Activity Tent on the New Haven Green International Festival of Art & Ideas, New Haven CT
Photos of the Camera Obscura Activity Tent from the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, June 2011, on the Green in downtown New Haven
July 23, 2011
Re-named the "Links" page to "Resources" page. Added a section for "Grants" grant writing, tips, links etc.
July 15, 2011 Open House at Artspace Postponed New Date in the Works
Decided to postpone this weekend's Open House due to some personal stuff requiring my attention. I'll work with the good folks at Artspace to plan for a future date. At that time, I hope to have some results from the cameras that are still out in the field and the indoor cams I installed at Artspace, as well as the final images from the New Britain Museum of American Art installation.
July 7, 2011 Solargraphy Project Unveiled, Artist Talk and Open House Events Next Week in New Britain and New Haven CT
I'm presenting my latest project, Parallax. Early this year, I did research on camera obscura and stumbled upon a photographic process called "solargraphy." This is the process I used to create the image above, a detail from a larger image--part of Parallax. I will talk about the process, some history and science as it relates to the project, and show how I made the cameras that captured these images. There will be some interactive components, too.
On Saturday, July 16th, from 6-8pm, there will be an Open House at Artspace New Haven where I'm the inaugural artist-in-residence. I'll give a brief talk about my work, and show some of the different pinhole cameras I've designed. Free and open to the public.
Wednesdays@1pm July 13, 2011 1-2pm
at the New Britain Museum of American Art Lexington Street New Britain CT (for more information, visit www.nbmaa.org )
POSTONED: Open House Artspace New Haven 50 Orange Street New Haven CT (for more information, visit www.artspacenh.org )
June 26, 2011 So long Arbor Street
Arbor Street Studio officially closed June 30, 2011, after five years. On to being 100% New Haven with my studio at Artspace.
June 14, 2011 International Festival of Arts and Ideas, On the Green, New Haven CT Camera Obscura Tent, June 18 and 19
International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven CT 2011, Camera Obscura, Colin Burke, Burke Studio, this is the proposal image
International Festival of Arts and Ideas continues in New Haven CT. This weekend, I'm installing a Camera Obscura in one of the Weekend Showcase Activity Tents on the New Haven Green (Corner of Elm and Church Streets, next to the Festival Info Booth).
Rain or Shine!
Saturday, June 18 and Sunday June 19 All Day! Free!
May 21, 2011 New Britain Museum of American Art, update
Followed a link to the NBMAA site to see more about Ted Efremoff's installation and saw, to my surprise, an image of my installation at the top of the page, "Current Exhibitions." (See below)
A cool thing to see if how the trees have leafed out in the photo below compared to the pic taken during the installation five weeks ago, at the left.
April 14, 2011 Installation of Pinhole Cameras for Solargraphy Project: Parallax at the New Britain Museum of American Art and Elizabeth Park Rose Garden
Installed five handmade pinhole cameras at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain CT.
Installed one handmade pinhole camera at the Friend's of Elizabeth Park Information Center, overlooking the Rose Garden.
April 3, 2011 Intro to Cyanotype Workshop: Sunny, Breezy, Productive, Fun!
After a week of cold, rainy, and snowy weather, the sun emerged just in time for the April 2nd, Saturday morning, Intro to Cyanotype Workshop in New Haven. Six students participated in the three hour workshop, making three prints each. Some really fine work was made in this intro class--very inspiring!
I've already thought about other workshop ideas to build on this one and plan to do at least one workshop at Creative Arts Workshop this fall.
Planning to hold workshops at Burke Studio and some New England shoreline/island spots this summer, too!
April 2, 2011 Creative Arts Workshop Cyanotype Class
Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven CT Introduction to Cyanotype Photography PH21SP11W Chances are, you have a digital camera in your pocket, or there’s probably one within a few feet of you, but did you know you can make a photograph without a camera? Come to this workshop and learn the history and technique of an iron-salt based, handcrafted, 19th century photographic process - the cyanotype. Students will learn about the discovery of the process; the photography history; see some examples of early cyanotypes, some of which became part of the first known book of photographs made, and more contemporary works. In the lab portion, students will make their own handcrafted cyanotype photogram prints with simple materials, sunlight and water. These prints, photograms, are made without a camera, lens, film, darkroom or computer. Each print is unique. As this is a chemistry based process, students will also learn about the safety and proper handling of the materials. A materials list will be supplied upon registration. Instructor: Colin Burke Saturday, 9:30am - 12:30pm Apr 2 Cost: $66; members: $59
To register, or for more information, visit the CAW website
More workshops/demos scheduled for 2011
Working out the details as of this writing, but I'm planning to give a multi-day alternative photography process workshop at a Connecticut High School in May.
I don't have exact dates yet for June, but I will be giving a demonstration of the cyanotype process during the open house at Artspace New Haven. The open house will happen during the Festival of Arts and Ideas, June 11 - 25.
January 15, 2011 Articulated Bodies opening reception
I'm leading a cyanotype photogram workshop at the Creative Arts Workshop on April 2nd. CAW is located in the "Arts District" of New Haven, 80 Audubon Street For more information, visit www.creativeartsworkshop.org. The suggest to register by March 7.
Two-person Show, "Articulated Bodies" January 11 - February 5, 2011
I'll be showing my cyanotype photograms along with Krys Swiatek.
This is my first two-person show in a dedicated art space.
Gallery 46 in Vernon-Rockville, CT A great, stand-alone building in the center of town.
The opening reception is set for Saturday, January 15, from 6 - 9 pm.
Krys Swiatek's work is on the left.
One of my dressform cyanotypes on the right.
I was selected as 2011 Artspace New Haven Artist-in-Residence: Gallery converted into Studio
Artspace New Haven put out a call for artists, inviting applications for a 2011 Artist-in-Residence. Beginning in 2011, they're converting Gallery 7 into a studio space.
Being very familiar with the space, I realized it was perfect for the kind of work I do. I need to create a near light-tight environment to prepare the chemistry for cyanotypes, and also when I coat my material. This gallery space has one transom window to the outside, and that window is on the north side of the building.
I'll be working on more cyanotypes and researching a process that is new to me, solargraphs.
Workshops for 2011
December 1, 2010
Cyanotype workshop scheduled for April 2011 in New Haven.
Media Mentions October 7-15, 2010 - City-Wide Open Studios New Haven
Connecticut Art Scene: CWOS 2010 weekend 3, Hank Hoffman, Oct 13, 2010 "In a corner room upstairs, Colin Burke was beguiling visitors with an installation that melded art and science. Burke constructed a camera obscura in one corner of the space. " New Haven Advocate: Art integrates Life, Christopher Arnott, Oct 11, 2010
October 1, 2010 My First Installation in New Haven
As sent to Art Friends:
I have some big news. It's been a while since I've been a part of a big art event. This one is extra exciting-- my first art installation in New Haven!
Next Weekend, Oct 9 & 10 is Alternative Space weekend, part of City-Wide Open Studios in New Haven. An entire building is set aside for artists, like me, without dedicated studio space in NH.
This Alternative Space, at 200 College Street, will hold more than 30 artists and their work.
Many artists have designed and created special environments just for the occasion--transforming first floor retail and second floor offices in this 1960s building into a unique visual arts showcase.
I will be in a two room office space on the second floor, showing new work, but most exciting is the room size walk in camera obscura--currently under construction.
My nieces and nephews got to see the mobile camera obscura I built in my Mini Cooper last Thanksgiving. Some visitors to Hartford Open Studios last November braved the cozy darkness to sit in the room within the room I built.
This time around, an entire spacious room with plenty of head and leg room is set aside, a 12' x 14' room with 8'+ ceiling. The view is of downtown New Haven's Crown Street.
But please stop by for the real thing next weekend. Hours are Noon-5pm.
for more info about City-Wide Open Studios, an artist directory, maps, directions, etc: http://www.cwos.org
I've been volunteering to help out ArtSpace New Haven make this huge event happen, they are a few blocks from the Alternative Space, currently showing a group exhibition of CWOS participating artists: http://www.artspacenh.org
September 23, 2010 Designing my City Wide Open Studio Project
"It's alittle science, alittle art, and a lot of fun," explains artist Colin Burke, referring to his plan to build a room-size / walk-in camera obscura, for the City Wide Open Studios New Haven Alternative Space on College Street.