Four Paintings


01.22 / 02.23.19

Elijah Burgher

Based in Berlin
B. 1978

Elijah Burgher: Four Paintings features new works the Berlin-based artist created while in residence in Los Angeles in fall 2018. These un-stretched canvas works were created in tandem with paintings exhibited in the group show Sperm Cult—on view at LAXART from November 11, 2018 to January 6, 2019—and are similarly based on the signs and symbols of occult ritual. Conceived of as visual hexes, each painting comprises an arcane language of line and color. Exhibited among raw, modular seating structures installed in the main gallery, these works will provide counterpoint to the live actions of LAXART’s Winter Event Series, a month-long program featuring poetry, artist talks, concerts, and dance.

Elijah Burgher received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. He is currently featured in The Drawing Center’s exhibition “For Opacity.” He was featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the 2014 Gwangju Biennial (as part of AA Bronson’s “House of Shame”), and The Temptation of AA Bronson at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. He has been a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Fire Island Artist Residency. Burgher lives and works in Berlin.

Burger’s residency was part of Sperm Cult, which was made possible by a grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.



11.11 / 01.06.19

Sperm Cult

Sperm Cult is a group exhibition featuring eight artists. It developed out of a collaborative book project of the same name by Elijah Burgher and Richard Hawkins.

Sperm Cult: PDF Supplement

The collaborative book project by Elijah Burgher and Richard Hawkins which served as the topical underpinning of the group exhibition, Sperm Cult.



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