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Opening Reception: Kelvin Burzon, Sarah Holden, Shakespeare

  • Artlink Contemporary Gallery 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN, 46802 United States (map)

Kelvin Burzon is a Filipino-American artist whose work explores intersections of sexuality, race, gender and religion. He was born on March 26, 1989, in Bataan, Philippines. As a child growing up in a Filipino culture, Burzon’s initial ambition was to become a Catholic Priest. “I have always been interested in the religion’s role in culture and familial relationships and have been drawn to the religion’s traditions, imagery, theatricality, and its psychological vestige.” His work is inspired by cerebral influences growing up in and around the church. “My cultural and familial identity, my memories as a child, can not be separated from the church. It was an integral part of what it means to be Filipino.”

Burzon recently received MFA degree from Indiana University's School of Art + Design where he developed his most recent bodies of work. There, he is a performing member of the African American Dance Company where he flourishes in a collaborative performance outlet. This outlet blossomed interests in critical race theory, photography’s role in people’s social identities, story telling, archival gaps and performance. He received his Bachelor's from Wabash College where he studied studio art and music. There, he became versed in painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography. He studied music history, violin and piano performance, vocal performance, as well as years of ethnomusicology. He studied abroad in Florence Italy where he was exposed to a variety of religious works by Renaissance masters as well as studying oil painting techniques. His immediate family migrated to Fort Wayne, IN where we graduated from North Side High School. He is currently an instructor of photography at the University of Cincinnati. 

Kelvin Burzon continues to push his work with inspirations from the past, recontextualized naratives and imagery of religion, paired with the never-ending stimulation and inspiration from the LGBTQ+ community. Burzon seeks to push the limits of his work by visually
redefining and creating a new narrative for himself and those like him.

Sarah Holden is a studio artist and educator living in Chicago, IL. Sarah received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a focus in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts/Material
Studies and Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah has presented as a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and taught as a Metals Instructor at Penland School of Crafts. Sarah exhibits her work nationally as in her recent inclusions in Betwixt & Between at Ball State University, Intersecting Boundaries at Clamplight Gallery in San Antonio, TX and WEAR/WARE at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC. Sarah's work has also been exhibited internationally in WINDOW at the Mother Makers Gallery in Munich Germany and online in Appropriated Adornment, the most recent SNAG online juried exhibition. Sarah's work is held in several public and private collections including the collection of the Racine Art Museum and the Porter Price and Grubow Private Collections. Sarah currently teaches steel fabrication and metal forming at The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center in Chicago, IL and creates one of a kind work and limited production studio jewelry in her Chicago studio. Sarah's sculpture and limited production jewelry can be found at galleries across the US.

Shakespearemachine produces accessible classical theatre with an emphasis on exploring the complete works of William Shakespeare, as well as the plays of his lesser-known Elizabethan and Jacobean contemporaries. They explore these plays as an ensemble through the innovative use of expressive mask, constructed actors, and object theater in order to bring new vitality and unusual perspectives to these timeless works. They also produce other select classical plays, pieces that are devised by the ensemble in a collaborative manner, and site-sympathetic, immersive pieces. The collective also dedicates itself to providing educational resources to the community at large about the work of William Shakespeare and about the beauty and human necessity of the theatre.

Shakespearemachine is a company in residence at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Earlier Event: October 13
Member Morning
Later Event: November 7
Drawn Together