KARL BURKHEIMER
6414 Kensington Avenue Richmond, Virginia 23226 804-673-6462


EDUCATION

1993-1996 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
Masters of Fine Arts


1983-1988 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture

ADDITIONAL STUDIES
1999 Penland School of Craft, Spruce Pines, NC
Studio Assistant for William Hammersley


1987 Architect Dr. John Reur, Berlin, Germany
Partially sponsored by The International Architectural Exhibition
(IBA), studied housing solutions, historical and modern, in Berlin, Germany


1985 Architect Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti, Arizona

Awarded a scholarship from North Carolina State University to
participate in a summer program focused on the construction of Paolo Soleri's urban laboratory, Arcosanti

EXHIBITS

2000 Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX
"2000 Materials: Hard and Soft Exhibition"


1999 Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Norfolk, VA
"Juried Exhibition 1999"


1999 Judith Dowling Asian Art, Boston, Mass
"Chadogu Aesthetics and Function"

Commissioned to build interpretive Japanese tea boxes for
Japanese tea bowls created by ceramic artist, Steven Addiss


1999 Eric Schindler Gallery, Richmond, VA
"Functional Diversity"


1999 Astra Design, Richmond, VA
"From the Heart"


1999 Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
"Fanciful and Functional"


1998 Mary Baskett Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Commissioned to build interpretive Japanese tea boxes for
Japanese tea bowls created by ceramic artist, Steven Addiss


1998 Form and Function, Raleigh, NC
"Blam Twice Removed"


1998 1708 Gallery Richmond, VA
Collaborative piece with painter Andy Bality


1997 Gallery Americas, Carrboro, NC
First Annual Juried Furniture Show

1995 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York, NY
Exhibited work and participated in Virginia Commonwealth University's Furniture Program's booth.

1995 Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
Thesis Show

1994 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York, NY
Exhibited work and participated in Virginia Commonwealth University's Furniture Program's booth.

1991 Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
37th Annual Juried Art Show


PUBLICATIONS

July/August, 1999
Review of exhibit, "Functional Diversity" by Ann Glenn Crowe, Art Papers, Atlanta, Georgia

October 3, 1999
"Exquisite Show Captures Spirit of Age" by Fred Bayersdorfer The Virginia Pilot, Norfolk, Virginia

July 9, 1999
"Break The Mold" by Elizabeth S. Belts, The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee

May 14, 1997
"Form and Function" by Kate Dobbs Ariail, The Spectator, Raleigh, North Carolina

June 11, 1994
"Show and Tell, VCU Students Put Their Designs on Furniture" by Betsy Powell-Mullin, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia

November 27, 1991
"A Select Handful" by Kate Dobbs Ariail, The Independent Weekly,
Durham, North Carolina

December 1, 1991
"Getting Better, Guild's Show a Pro Effort" by Blue Greenberg,
The Durham Morning Herald, Durham, North Carolina


AWARDS

1999 Studio Assistant at Penland School of Crafts

Spring 1995 Graduate Teaching Assistance

Fall 1995 Graduate Teaching Assistance

Spring 1994 Graduate Teaching Assistance

Fall 1994 Tuition assisted scholarship

1987 Scholarship for travel and participation in summer workshop at Arcosanti, Arizona

1985 Partly subsidized architectural study in Berlin, Germany

EMPLOYMENT

Currently
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Adjunct Faculty: The Department of Art Foundation and The Department of Crafts

Currently Franko Lafratta and Farinholt, Richmond, VA
Custom Woodworker: Interior trim, stairways and speciality carpentry


KARL BURKHEIMER
Artist Statement



My work speaks of utility. Using a language of furniture making, I am creating objects of specific yet vague usage, of "forgotten" or esoteric functions. These functions often reference my fascination with the collection, possession, and storage of objects. Whether for reasons of personal desire or utilitarian necessity, there seems to be a universal need to categorize objects and place them into "appropriate" niches. Such an organization produces provocative relationships as individuals become parts of a whole.


I intend for my objects to address their own creation. They present the will and "need" for their existence as well as the physical assemblage of parts and the manipulation of materials necessary for specific shapes, forms and functions. While the finished form is certainly intended to exceed the sum of the parts, the parts also possess important individualistic qualities allowing them an existence of their own. The parts and pieces as well as the materials and processes that embody my work form a language of labor, skill, precedent and intent that is involved in the creation of objects.



Man-made objects are a reflection of evolution, resources, and usage. Just as a society can be defined by its language, it is also judged by the objects and the reasoning behind the objects that its members create. The objects I create exist only because I created them in response to all I have experienced, learned, and need to express.