Greg Mason Burns
Greg Mason Burns is a conceptual painter who highlights emotional unknowns, with particular attention to societal pressure, adventure, fear, frustration, stress, and chaos.
With his current project, Reception Theory, Burns investigates the information / reception gap often apparent within disparate human experiences, ranging from the quotidian to the global-political. With its genesis coinciding with Brazil’s 2016 coup d’etat—which resulted in the impeachment of President, Dilma Rouseff--Reception Theory examines how the media and its audience communicate with one another, knowing that there’s a gap of understanding between the two parties. Each line gesture attempts to fill this gap, rendering what this liminal space might look like if the pictorial plane were an actual place instead of a state of mind. This personal epistemology of perception is informed by transcendental idealism and punctuated by Fauvistic gestures and expressionistic lines. He has found oil, watercolor, charcoal, and pastel to be the most communicative media for this body of work.