The Proposition | 2 Extra Place
The Proposition is pleased to present, Tricky Sphinx, the fourth solo exhibition of oil paintings by Megan Burns.
The original light saber from Star Wars was made of everyday materials the prop-makers had at hand: a camera flash, plumbing parts, windshield wipers. I make the props in my paintings out of ordinary items: a squirt gun becomes a ray gun, a plastic lamp globe becomes a space helmet, a plastic box becomes a mysterious prize. Each new painting is a chance for me to transform regular stuff into totemic objects, and transform myself into a sexy sci-fi pinup girl. Through my work I get to inhabit a fantasy world built from scratch.
I think of each painting as a snapshot, like a cover of a comic book or science fiction paperback, but without the attendant disappointment in the actual story. Each is a single image cut from time, crammed full of lush details and the promise of sex and action. I want my paintings to capture a feeling of mystery, intrigue and tension, the frustrated desire to know what has just happened and what might happen next.
My secondary body of work is a series of small paintings on panel. These one-liners are ideas and found images that come up during my explorations.