Larry Bamburg culls images and idiosyncratic details from the natural world to produce kinetic installations. Comprised of paper, string, tape, wire, fluorescent lighting, electrical fans, and photographic snapshots, his work activates the often unrealized potential in quotidian materials.
Bamburg creates vast, swirling gyres of tangled monofilament, bits of wire, and knotted string. These sculptures function in much the same way as a Rorschach personality test: where some viewers see a flock of birds descending from flight, others see a swarm of bugs ascending into the air, or even a dust devil of trash. Through the simplest of mechanical means an event as dramatic and singular as the nesting of Portland’s own Vaux’s Swifts is brought to mind, revealing the inherent possibility for something to be recognized as pure form and image, both and neither, all at once. Inspired by experience, memory, coincidence, inefficiency, inventiveness, and failure, Bamburg’s work stands as an exercise in up-ending the rigidly determined uses of what is at hand to enable individual agency to flourish.
Larry Bamburg received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and his BFA from Texas Tech University. In 2002 he attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. His work has recently been featured in exhibitions at Peter Blum (New York), Maryland Art Place (Baltimore) and Cuchifritos (New York). Past exhibitions include Possibly Being at Esso Gallery (New York), You Are Here at Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, TX) and Open Network: Brooklyn at Ampersand International Arts (San Francisco). He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.