Currently showing in the Rural City of Benalla's window 'Foyer Gallery' - Frank Burger's 'Coin Counter I' and 'Coin Counter 2' from his 'Coin Counter' series.
Frank Burger's ‘Coin Counter’ series
The drawings are 100x70cm, framed to about 120x90cm. There are 3 in the series, all charcoal, pastel and gouache on Fabriano Rosapina paper.
'Coin Counter 1', 'Coin Counter 2', and 'An economy of sheep’.
Coin Counters are the metal tubes used to 'prop up' the subject matter in two of the drawings. They are components of coin rolling machines from my 'Armaguard' days: coins are fed into a chute at the top of the machine, then fall down into the 'coin counters' where a laser light shines through a hole, counts the coins and stops the flow of coins before lowering the stack of coins down for paper wrapping.
In my drawings these components symbolized the economic nature of society, which, in relation with the other objects depicted, made for interesting metaphors and interpretations of meaning.
The third drawing,'An economy of sheep' continues this conversation with different still life objects.It was completed somewhat later (2011-2012), and shares with the other two the same media, technique and intention.
To clarify, Coin Counter 1 has the boat, Coin Counter 2 has the elephant, An economy of sheep has the kitchen scales and sheep skull.
Teacher - Frank Burgers
Wednesday evenings 7pm-9pm
Cost $20 per class
Starting with drawing, adjusted to individual requirements, project orientated.
First class: drawing eggs, greylead tonal study.
What to Bring:
I intend to start these classes with a number of drawing projects, then, as we advance, introduce painting media.
These are student focused, ongoing and open ended art classes, catering to individual needs and development.
Typically I aim to expose my students to:
The objectives of my classes are to achieve confidence in self expression and independence in the pursuit of your creative journey. If you have an interest in making art, a desire to develop your skills and knowledge and enjoy your creative journey, this is for you...
Classes will be held upstairs at NEA, 122 Bridge Street, Benalla - the towering brick building with massive murals painted on them.
Contact Frank 0488 676 127
LIFE DRAWING at NEA!
Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 9:30pm
Commences Wed 7th Feb.
and continues through Feb 14th, 21st, 28th, Mar 7th and 14th
Easels with drawing boards and clips provided.
Please bring your own paper and drawing materials.
Painting (on a reasonable scale) can also be accommodated.
A break with tea, coffee and bikkies is provided.
A gold coin donation would be much appreciated.
$110 when paying in full for all 6 sessions on first night.
$22 per session casual.
Cash only, so the model can be paid on the night.
Note for casuals; there are 10 easels readily available
with preferences going to core participants. Seating can also be arranged.
Please contact Frank Burgers (0488676127) to book a spot
or come in to the NEA shop and pay over the counter.
Expressions of interest can also be recorded at the front counter.
Upstairs workshop space
North East Artisans, 122 Bridge St, Benalla.
Hosted by Frank Burgers, NEA member.
"I hope to start life drawing at NEA within the next 3 weeks, quicker if the response from you guys is overwhelming!
What I need is for you to: call me or email with a resounding commitment.
To keep things simple, I ask you to pay the full amount ($110) on the first evening in cash please.
See flyer below (or download here) for details.
Still Life with Crash – 2012 Oil on Linen Frank Burgers
‘Still Life with Crash’ is one of my favourite paintings from this period.
It is a nostalgic reminiscing of relationships and the general chaos of life. It is about loose associations created between objects and things that one would not expect to make connections. It is Modernist at its roots, playing with line, colour and the physical manipulation of oil paint. It is entirely autobiographical, a neurotic navel gazing much like the rest of the contemporary art world. (Except for the stuff that is entirely political – or making some sort of statement devoid of ego).
Autobiographical in the sense that Images are sourced from the sub-conscious, random images and ideas until the painting achieves its own kind of logic.
Metaphor, I love metaphor and the potential for stories that a calculated mismatch of images conjures up.
Meaning lies in the baggage that every viewer brings to the picture. I just set the scene….
Frank Burgers, 2017
Ps: I will consider parting with this painting if I felt confident it went to a good, caring home. It would also take a considerate sum to consolidate my loss. It truly is one of a kind. It is a painting of original conception uniquely resolved, without the repeated application of formulae. It is hand crafted.
Its price, on application, is less than a top of the range flat screen TV, but reflects the cost of materials, the cost of production including studio rent and professional fees paid, gallery commissions, previous sales records and career achievements, tax, longevity, and value added due to the unique nature of this product.
Considering the above, offers can be left in writing, on the couch in my upstairs studio. Please include contact details and phone number.
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