Dylan Burton

Dylan Burton

My relationship with art was never expected.

I grew up in a household that, while appreciating the arts, studied the sciences and encouraged me to do so as well. It wasn't until the end of high school that I had my first experience with visual art and I knew that it was something that I wanted to explore more.

In university I continued this exploration, but opted for a major in mathematics as a more practical option while finishing a minor in studio art. I don't regret this choice. I was always attracted to mathematics and this study opened my mind to a way of thinking and a view on reality that I never expected. My studies in art were basic and technical, but offered me a taste of the studio and the art world in the United States.

After graduating and a few years inactive living in Barcelona, I began to make contact with the art scene here, which is vastly different from that of my experience at university. It is living, conceptual, contemporary art. Initially my reaction was quite averse, but it inspired me to begin again all the same. I began painting and worked on my own for several years. After some time I made some contacts in the art community and managed to exhibit in a small gallery called the Galería Encantada, in which I was later asked to be one of the gallery artists.

My work formally draws largely from my background in mathematics and sciences. Shape, structure, and content often reflect ideas of geometry and symmetry, duality and contrast, line, space, and balance. I often use or adapt shapes and patterns found in natural sciences, in topology, in number theory, or physics. Color plays a central role in all of my pieces to illustrate the ideas or patterns I want to communicate.

Nevertheless, conceptually, I am interested in the human element of this work, how it applies to our own existence and human experience. What does it mean to fail, or to be successful? What does it mean to have a real experience? Mathematics and physics suggest that our experience of life may be an illusion, that time may not be linear. What impact does this have on our day-to-day experience? Is there an element of incompleteness in human nature itself?

These concepts can be applied to almost every aspect of life. My goal is to find a coherent way to approach this study and to develop a dialogue surrounding it. By applying to this master's degree I aim to find inspiration and new ways to think about the creation of art art, my role in creating it, and ways to develop it more fully in a variety of media and contexts.