Stephen Burks has donated a one-of-a-kind pastel drawing titled Energy Field One. It is signed on the back.

 

According to Burks: “My drawings are typically diagrammatic and didactic. I tend to use drawings to explain design ideas to myself, my clients, and my team. Energy Field One is different. It is the expression of a lot of feelings I'd been grappling with during this tumultuous summer. The anger and anxiety I'd been struggling with for months became the powerful outpouring of color you now see marked on the board.”

 

He goes on, “Anger is an emotion that is typically expressed through disruption and aggression. It is often expected as a patented response to predictable conditions. How we react under the most challenging circumstances is a true test of our character. Energy Field One is the first of a series of drawings to assume anger is an energy that can be creatively and positively redirected.”

 

Burks believes in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives. His studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, has been commissioned by many of the world’s leading design-driven brands to develop collections that engage hand production as a strategy for innovation, bridging the gap between authentic majority world production, industrial manufacturing and contemporary design. In 2015, he was awarded the National Design Award in product design and in 2019, he became the first industrial designer to be awarded the Harvard Loeb Fellowship. He is currently co-host of Friedman Benda gallery's conversation series Design In Dialogue and director of the storefront studio project Contemporaries.


DESIGNER/

Stephen Burks

DATE/

September 2020

MATERIALS/

Pastel on Paper Board

DIMENSIONS/

40.6 x 60.9 cm (Or 16 x 24 in)

STYLE/

Contemporary

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Stephen Burks Energy Field One Pastel Drawing; Unique, Signed $600

Stephen Burks has donated a one-of-a-kind pastel drawing titled Energy Field One. It is signed on the back.

 

According to Burks: “My drawings are typically diagrammatic and didactic. I tend to use drawings to explain design ideas to myself, my clients, and my team. Energy Field One is different. It is the expression of a lot of feelings I'd been grappling with during this tumultuous summer. The anger and anxiety I'd been struggling with for months became the powerful outpouring of color you now see marked on the board.”

 

He goes on, “Anger is an emotion that is typically expressed through disruption and aggression. It is often expected as a patented response to predictable conditions. How we react under the most challenging circumstances is a true test of our character. Energy Field One is the first of a series of drawings to assume anger is an energy that can be creatively and positively redirected.”

 

Burks believes in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives. His studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, has been commissioned by many of the world’s leading design-driven brands to develop collections that engage hand production as a strategy for innovation, bridging the gap between authentic majority world production, industrial manufacturing and contemporary design. In 2015, he was awarded the National Design Award in product design and in 2019, he became the first industrial designer to be awarded the Harvard Loeb Fellowship. He is currently co-host of Friedman Benda gallery's conversation series Design In Dialogue and director of the storefront studio project Contemporaries.


DESIGNER/

Stephen Burks

DATE/

September 2020

MATERIALS/

Pastel on Paper Board

DIMENSIONS/

40.6 x 60.9 cm (Or 16 x 24 in)

STYLE/

Contemporary

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