Michael Burton | A Gold Slipper

Michael Burton’s solo exhibition A Gold Slipper is currently on view at Kiechel Fine Art located at 1208 O Street in Lincoln, Nebraska. View the online exhibition here.

Michael Burton captures the essence of Willa Cather’s short story A Gold Slipper.  This exhibition A Gold Slipper contains vivid descriptions of clothing, architecture, locations, and personalities that eerily mirror points of view one might hear today. Through animation and digital rendering, Burton creates 5 iconic scenes from the story. The scenes follow. Marshall McKann and his various interactions with famous vocalist Kitty Aryshire.  Michael Burton’s artist statement explains:

“Marshall McKann, a coal man, attends a concert by vocalist Kitty Ayrshire with his wife and her friend Mrs. Post at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburg, PA.  He doesn’t attend concerts because “when he became a person of substance he stopped that sort of nonsense”.  But the incorrigible Mrs. Post insists on seeing Ms. Ayrshire when she learns there are seats available behind the piano on stage for the sold out show.

Kitty Ayrshire is a true artist, adored by fans in Europe and America. She’s equally smart and mischievous.  She piques McKann’s interest during the concert by brushing his knee each time she enters the stage. After the concert, on a chance encounter with McKann, Kitty hitches a ride to the 11:25pm train to New York where she proceeds to seduce and intellectually dominate him by questioning his position on woman, the arts, industry, religion, and society.”

These video are displayed on the walls of Kiechel Fine Art via projectors. They run as a hybrid video loop, meaning they operate in an infinite loop cycle.  These videos are also available for purchase–they can be purchased in a file format or digital film frame that can be hung or set upon a shelf.

Burton created twenty-two drawings to accompany the digital animations. The drawings display various objects in the Willa Cather collection and range from clothing to beautiful jewelry. These drawings sparkle in the light as Burton used various mediums such as acrylic gold paint and graphite on paper to capture the historical opulence of these items.

Artist Michael Burton also extends a special thanks to the Cather Project at UNL for funding support, Western Meadowlark LLC and NET Nebraska for production, Katie Otten  as Kitty and Wayne Matychuk as McKann.

If interested in these works please call Kiechel Fine Art Gallery at 402-420-9553 or email inquiries to gallery@kiechelart.comA Gold Slipper will be on display at Kiechel Fine Art through early February 2020.




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