Local artist displays work in Batavia

January 10th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

An up-and-coming local photography artist is sharing his work with the public during January at the Riverside Coffee Mill, located 177 S. Riverside Drive, in Batavia.

Justin Burwinkel, 19, of Owensville, got started with photography when his older brother was in high school and he discovered that he truly enjoyed taking photographs.

Burwinkel is a 2007 graduate of Archbishop McNicholas High School and is currently a speech pathology major at the University of Cincinnati.

He was awarded the Wolfstein Scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning and was named the top photographer and a semi-finalist among all the visual artists in the Cincinnati Art Associations 2007 Overture Awards.

His exhibit, entitled "The Planks of Our Lives," features barns around southwest Ohio and his work is heavily influenced by the area in which he was raised.

"For me, planks are more than just pieces of timber sawed to measure two to six inches thick, nine inches or more wide and eight feet or more long," said Burwinkel. "They can serve as a metaphor for every element of our social nature. They can embody certain facets of a human personality. For example, we cling to the strongest around us and we work best when bonded together."

"As I grew up and began photographing the world, I felt drawn to the wooden structures, even those that have tumbled down," said Burwinkel. "In my work, these planks are sometimes prominent, held high and glorified. Other times, the planks are the unsung heroes, often overlooked, but vitally necessary."

His work is also featured at Ohio's Row House, in Milford and the Stonelick This 'N That store in Owensville.
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