Victor Burgin

Victor Burgin is a British artist and a writer. What is striking in his work is that he uses text within his images.

We are used to seeing photographs that only contain text in a form of a ‘caption’ or ‘description’ and that is usually outside the image. But in Burgin case he tells a story within a story of his photographs.

I happen to come across his writing about ‘Looking at Photographs’, Chapter 6 and this paragraph was quite interesting to read from his point of view about the ‘codes’ included in his photographs;

‘Very crudely characterised, it assumed a coded message and authors/readers who knew how to encode and decode such messages while remaining, so to speak, ‘outside’ the codes- using them , or not, much as they might pick up and put down a convenient tool..’

I myself find placing text within an art piece very conventional but it’s usually in a form of already existing text and creating another meaning to it. But Burgin shows us how he creates his own narrative.

 

‘TODAY IS TOMORROW YOU WERE PROMISED YESTERDAY’

VICTOR BURGIN

VICTOR BURGIN - 'GRAFFITICATION' 1977

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