I explore cultural notions of design, architecture, and pattern through abstraction. My work focuses on the formal contrasts of renewal and destruction in the constructed environment. I juxtapose the intentional design of architecture and the incidental structure of visual forms in various stages of decay and renewal. Substantiality is a key consideration in my work. I want to entice my viewer into a dialogue to consider issues of permanence, transience, and form.
These abstractions are meant to be akin visually to koans: a Japanese tradition of stylistically imbedding pieces or snippets of dialogue into a text. In these hybrid visual works, there are large sections or segments of shape or pattern. Just as Koans seem to embody a hidden or mysterious connections, these works offer abstract entrance points to the concrete structure from the forms the were derived.” – Dustyn Bork
Dustyn Bork earned his MFA in printmaking from Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana and his BFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bork is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Lyon College, a small, private liberal arts college in Batesville, Arkansas. His work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions regionally, nationally, and internationally. Recent solo exhibits include: Hendrix College, Conway, AR; Material Art Space in Memphis, TN: the Thea Foundation, Little Rock, AR; the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN; and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. Bork has also participated in artist residencies at the Franz Masereel Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium and the MIRA artist residency in Martignano, Italy. He has served on the board of directors for Number, Inc., an independent journal of the visual arts of the South, along with the Batesville Area Arts Council in Batesville, Arkansas.