Reflecting upon the conditions that shape design in today's world, is at the heart of Burks' ongoing project to reconsider the status of the hand-made object in an age of mass-production and planned obsolescence. Burks is sensitive to the conditions of globalization in that his works respond to how cultural traditions and craft technologies migrate from their birthplace as artisans immigrate around the world. These same forces also bring more and more artisanal products to the marketplace, both in their original useful functions and as decorative objects.
On one hand, Man Made is an interactive design exhibition, and on the other it is an active platform for working with a collective of West African artisans whose presence is a significant part of the Harlem community.
The Studio Museum in Harlem
On show through 26 June 2011