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Installation view of Emotional Paintings about Economics at Josh Lilley, presenting Jack Burton
Installation view of Emotional Paintings about Economics at Josh Lilley, presenting Jack Burton
Installation view of Emotional Paintings about Economics at Josh Lilley, presenting Jack Burton
Installation view of Emotional Paintings about Economics at Josh Lilley, presenting Jack Burton
Installation view of Emotional Paintings about Economics at Josh Lilley, presenting Jack Burton
Installation view of Emotional Paintings about Economics at Josh Lilley, presenting Jack Burton
Installation view of Emotional Paintings about Economics at Josh Lilley, presenting Jack Burton
Installation view of Emotional Paintings about Economics at Josh Lilley, presenting Jack Burton
Installation view of Emotional Paintings about Economics at Josh Lilley, presenting Jack Burton
Installation view of Emotional Paintings about Economics at Josh Lilley, presenting Jack Burton
Installation view of Emotional Paintings about Economics at Josh Lilley, presenting Jack Burton

Artworks

History Lesson by Jack Burton, 2018
Ponzi Smile by Jack Burton, 2018
Home Late Again I’m Sorry My Love by Jack Burton, 2018
AUTOMATION by Jack Burton, 2018
Consumption by Jack Burton, 2018
Salumeria by Jack Burton, 2018
Predictions 2 by Jack Burton, 2018
Cry Green by Jack Burton, 2018
Crying on The High Street by Jack Burton, 2018
Capital Flight by Jack Burton, 2018
Capital Flight by Jack Burton, 2018
Growth 1 by Jack Burton, 2018
Damocles / Mar-A-Lago by Jack Burton, 2018
Predictions 1 by Jack Burton, 2018
Tax the Rich by Jack Burton, 2018
Keynes Steps Out by Jack Burton, 2018
Yanis by Jack Burton, 2018

Jack Burton

Emotional Paintings about Economics

4 – 25 September 2018

Burtons practice considers the vertigo inherent in the all-encompassing, top-down view of macroeconomics, a system which tries to model economies on a national and global level in order to inform policy and, by extension, behaviour. Burton represents economic theory in a visual form by employing its metaphors growth, liquidity, storms, caution and aggression or using formal and painterly techniques to conjure a feeling of giddiness and confusion about the modern world.

The works in the exhibition are paintings, more or less. Some of them are stickers on windows. Most are photographs with paint on top, or vice versa. Sometimes there is a rain of colour, moving downwards, on top of the surface of the image part of the picture plane but like something floating in your eye. Other times the paint frames the photograph, holding it carefully, or indifferently.

Burton pursues a particular kind of poetry that comes from the inherent failure of making pictures about something theoretical, abstract, and opaque. From this failure and opacity emerges a group of works that jump, at speed, from one topic or image to another, creating collision and connections. A picture of desperate joy pulls into focus raw life in a world compromised by control.

Jack Burton (b. 1988, Barry, Wales) is a 2017 graduate of the Royal Academy of Arts, London. He lives and works in Brussels.