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Gallery 219 at Eastfield College presents

"This Would Be a Big To-do in Georgia" works by Jim Burton and David Willburn
September 9 – October 9
Artist reception: Thursday, October 17, 6 – 8 p.m.

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Household furnishings have inherent meaning.  Chairs, tables, lamps, and the various collectibles one may choose for interior decoration are often used to announce taste, style, and sensibility, and often at the peril of economy and functionality.  Used objects--thrift store bargains, roadside detritus, and garage sale finds--possess a different kind of meaning, one that is often forgotten.  In the hands of Jim Burton and David Willburn, these discarded objects hold the potential for new narratives, lending themselves to reexamination.  Chairs, tables, lamps, and figurines are altered in both subtle and peculiar ways.  What may have been once discarded is now repurposed, but for all the wrong reasons.  The old, ugly and outdated is made peculiar, their histories and meanings circumvented and repurposed. 

This is Willburn and Burton's second exhibition together and their first collaboration.  Their sensibilities merge in this show to represent the sad and sentimental, while keeping an air of whimsy.  Their backgrounds and the current themes in their own work lend bits of sentiment that are at times in harmony, while at others being slightly and uncomfortably out of sync, giving This Would Be a Big To-do in Georgia a rich cultural significance and wit. 

Jim Burton received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Valdosta State University, and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas.  David Willburn received his Bachelor and Master of Arts and from Vermont College.  They both live and work in the north Texas Metroplex.

For additional information contact David Willburn at 972-860-7162 or davidwillburn@dcccd.edu.