10 January — 10 February 2002
'Art, fashion and pornography have their own standards of decency. The hierarchy is so rigid. Fine art has been elevated to the top, fashion is a bit lower than that, and porn's even a bit lower than that. I wanted to break through and introduce those genres to one another', Jeff Burton says, making this relationship gentler, similar to a courtship. So, in his art the clear line of separation between one level and another slowly begins to dissolve. Burton began his photographic career on the sets of erotic films. His images soon became shots stolen as events occurred beyond the capability of the camera only. 'Frequently shot at knee heigh, the images evince a child-like view of an adult playground illuminated by the glare of movie lights, cast in saturated colours and deliberately exaggerated depth of field. Naked bodies are framed in abstract permutations and configurations, cut off so that their whole being is denied, and often relegated to the margins of the frame' (Chris Campion, Dazed and Confused, May 2001) as if to remind that these stories, characterized by extremely obscure erotic meaning, will always remain at the very edge of social tolerance. Tanned and oiled nudes appear like resin statues caught in flagrante delicto. The sexual act is frozen in still motion, reflected in textures that catch the photographer's eye. In this way the context becomes charged with displaced sexual energy. Burton's spirit photography relies on the spectator's complicity to decode its meaning, playing a game based on delicate visual innuendo. Born in 1963 in Anaheim, California, Jeff Burton lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has previously appeared in a number of solo and group shows both in U.S.A. and abroad. Among them his recent solo show solo-show at Casey Kaplan 10-6, New York, 2001; Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, 2001; Sadie Coles HQ, London, 2000 and 2001, and the group exhibitions 'The Americans- New Art', Barbican Gallery, London, 2001; 'The Wedding Show', Casey Kaplan 10-6, New York, 2001;'Photography: an expanded view, recent acquisitions', Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, 1999.