Artist Statement

The image of a model on the runway as an iconic image of beauty. 
A figure in space contained within an environment that reflects ideas about contemporary space, painting, and advertising. This new series of paintings “Models on a Runway” is inspired by a unique perspective into the fashion world, and explores my fascination with the supporting structures of the fashion industry. 

Focused on a form of cultural production that is inspired by beauty to create desire. Including how ideas of beauty are decided upon, promoted, exploited, and rewarded. My concern as a painter is to approach the image of the model with care and sincere admiration. The fashion industry as creative, indulgent, full of pretense, and vanity as it is, in the end reflects who we are. 

David Burns
10/18/09
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