Driving to Wilson, North Carolina is a little like driving home. As the curator of Burk Uzzle: Southern Landscapes at the Nasher Museum of Art, I went to visit Burk in his Wilson studio a few times to prepare for the exhibition. Heading east from Durham on route 264 reminded me of the trip to Lancaster County, Virginia, where I grew up, with fields of flowers, rural oddities, like the Country Doctor Museum, and the sleepy towns in between. It seemed appropriate that, in planning a show of Burk’s photographs of southern landscapes, I would have to experience the land along the way, visit parts of the South I had never seen before, and consider them in relation to other regional areas I’d traveled often. Continue reading →
Burk Uzzle’s travel across twentieth- and twenty-first-century America is a trip through time and across the land, resulting in a significant and diverse body of work. After his close involvement in a time of convulsing social conflict and change, Uzzle was able to move beyond photojournalism, broadening his perspective to look at many aspects of our culture. In each decade he experimented with media and with differing sizes of his prints. And in each case he conveyed his vision—from the dramatic to the whimsical—in a way best suited to the subject. Continue reading →
Emily Bowles is the Director of Communications at the Ackland Art Museum and an amateur photographer.
It isn’t even June yet, and many regions of the U.S. have already experienced hot weather. Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us, the “official” start of summer. Perhaps, in part, for these reasons, this photograph by Burk Uzzle—on view in our upcoming exhibition, All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle—is particularly appealing to me:
A boy backflips off a root-laced outcropping into a lazy river. It’s probably not his first jump: his hair is already wet and one imagines that he succumbed to the urge to cannonball into the water immediately upon arrival rather than merely wade in.