An Empty Vase, 2011
Burton recounts the apocryphal story of Ruth Kjar, from Lacan’s seminar “On creation ex nihilo.” Briefly: Kjar suffered from depression, “an empty space inside her, a space she could never fill.” Her brother-in-law, a well-regarded painter, asked if he might store some unsold paintings by hanging them in Kjar’s apartment.
Kjar agreed and enjoyed living with the paintings. One day, however, the brother-in-law sold a painting. He came and removed it, leaving a large empty space on the wall. Kjar, depressed by this absence, found a brush and some paint and (never having done this before), began to “daub a little” directly on the wall. From her inexperience and enthusiasm emerged a work of art which everyone agreed somehow exceeded her brother-in law’s. “Kjar’s enthusiasm,” writes Burton, drove her to “not only create, but to create impossibly, masterfully, originally.”
A special inaugural exhibition for Prole Drift gallery, Seattle.
Made in collaboration with Jenny Heishman, and including work by Gretchen Bennett, Buddy Bunting, Tim Cross, Nicholas Nyland, and Chauney Peck.