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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

May 9, 2001
Cross-media artist Neil David Burkey is something of a headache when it comes to the display and explanation of art. Often addressing political topics in a subdued yet antagonistic way, Burkey is far more at home in the creative process than in the display of his work, for the display is where analysis comes in. To Burkey, analysis is the pathway to the simplification or over complication of man's oldest form of expression. Art is shapeless and without definition, for when analysis and definition are introduced to art boundaries and framework arise and barriers are formed between what is on the inside and what is on the outside. Burkey is indeed far more at home in the creation of art than in the display, for once the art leaves his mind and enters the physical world of canvas, film, wire, cloth, wood, plastic and light it is out of his control.

Burkey's body of work is an ever-changing portfolio, from painting and sculpture to photography and everywhere in between. Some of his more engaging work (and the subject of several recent gallery exhibits) involves everything from wire and wood to photo transfers and more than fifty tuxedo jackets. With a limited amount of display space, there is only so much we can convey of an artist with Burkey's level of ambition, so we present you with a small selection of photographs from his exhaustive collection.

LAS has been provided with the following autobiographical information, some of which is true and some of which is false. You are invited to find out for yourselves what is which.

Neil Burkey [Artist] lives and labors on the outskirts of Decatur, Illinois, home of the Decatur Staleys. When he is not making art he fills his time by painting and/or working out. His most recent project is the removal of a sizeable cyst from his upper back. He can be reached for comments and curse words at (217) 359-7780 or niburkey@yahoo.commie or 311 s. Prairie St. #2 in Champaign, IL 61820. Donations and grants will be accepted.

Appendix: these pictures are about the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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