JOSEPH BURWELL; photo by Sam Levy, courtesy of David Colosi Exhibitions 

JOSEPH BURWELL; photo by Sam Levy, courtesy of David Colosi Exhibitions 

Joseph Burwell was born in Keflavík, Iceland in 1970. He began to study Architecture at Savannah College of Art and Design. Later he changed his major to Studio Arts, and he received his Bachelor Degree in 1993 from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Between 1997 and 1999 Joseph studied sculpture in the graduate program at Tulane University in New Orleans. He taught for one year as an Adjunct Professor at both Tulane University and Loyola University before moving to New York City in 2000. There he has participated in residencies at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, at PS 122 Project Studio Program, and at The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program. Joseph has shown in New York, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Egypt, Canada, and at different venues across the US. He currently resides and works in his studio in Brooklyn.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts kicks off the fall season with exhibitions featuring two internationally recognized artists; Joseph Burwell and Herb Parker. Entitled "Joseph Burwell: School of the Viking Spaniard Revisited" and "Herb Parker: Studio Practice" the exhibitions examine the relationship between the studio and the work produced within. College of Charleston sculpture professor Herb Parker and alum Joseph Burwell will recreate their studio spaces within the Halsey Institute's galleries. The exhibitions will be on view at the Halsey Institute August 23 - October 5, 2013. This video was produced to accompany the exhibitions. Producer and Director: Dave Stewart Brown Executive Producers: Mark Sloan and Karen Ann Myers Original Music: Bill Carson Please contact Lizz Biswell at to book a tour of the exhibition through our Looking to See program. Special thanks to Leilani DeMuth, Celia Gibson, Michael Moran, Jennifer Henriques Phillips, Donald Sparks, and Katherine Saenger. 


Director and Senior Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Mark Sloan was kind enough to provide us with a quick overview of the exhibition Studio Practice.  Entering an artist’s studio is a very special thing, as you are being allowed into a very unique space, often containing their most private thoughts, inspirations, ideas, and creations.

Joseph Burwell
Joseph Burwell’s singular vision offers a world engineered by a network of realms and technologies, meticulously constructed and superimposed.  The effect of architecture and space onto the psychology and emotions of the viewer is pivotal to the artist’s work.  Burwell’s drawings on wood are blueprints for modular structures inspired by ancient sacrificial sites, modernist habitats, and medieval fortifications.  His studio contains elements referencing the structures found in his intricate works.

The stereotypical image of the artist’s studio as a paint-splattered, sparsely furnished garret where the lone artist toils away producing their brilliant works is in much need of re-examination.  Many artists’ studios are a far cry from this description, and serve very different functions for their inhabitants.  This exhibition will examine the relationship between the studio and the work produced within it by two contemporary artists who will recreate their studio spaces within the Halsey Institute’s galleries.

words: Mark Sloan
intro: Janae Tanti


Opening for MEME art exhibit

Curator John J. McGurk presenting the work of Joseph Burwell through an installation of a fictitious archeological installation of Burwell’s own, idealized studio sometime in the future.