Brendon Burton is an American visual artist currently located in New York City. Born in 1994, Brendon spent his childhood in the rural southern region of Oregon. His work focuses on rural and barren areas and studies the side effects of cultural isolation. His video work is represented by Adolescent Content.
The images I’ve chosen to feature are from my recent series titled “This Must Be the Place”, a collection of images I’ve taken over the past two years at what I have found to be liminal spaces, or locations that seem in limbo/in-between.
Technology has always been a huge part of why I am involved in creating art. If it wasn’t for the internet or accessibility of digital photography I don’t think I would have had the opportunity to start creating work from such an early age. There’s definitely a cause and effect happening with the rise of the digital age and how generations share art and information.
Social media is just another platform of sharing work with others, and I’m thankful I have the opportunity to show what I am making to thousands at any given moment. It’s difficult to avoid production simply for the sake of posting of course, but the feedback and people I’ve met through posting my work online are so constructive and helpful.
Currently I’m working on a new video project involving a road trip and collaboration with various other artists and mediums. The idea is still in its infancy but I am excited to see where this takes me. Photography will always be my one true passion, but video and multimedia work are in the same vein and just a new way to translate my thoughts.
I started taking photos in 2010, when I was 15. While I am definitely a digital artist I actually began with a 35mm camera shooting stills of my friends doing boring small town things all summer. I taught myself how to develop film and edit, there were no real art classes offered at the high school I attended and in my senior year I ended up teaching a photo class. It grew into an obsession with documenting, a common theme amongst teenage artists. When you have youth and energy surrounding you it’s certainly easy to make something out of it once you have the tools at your disposal.
The future holds a lot of uncertainty for me, which I like! I moved to New York City last year and while I’m out of my element and comfort zone I’m learning more about art than I ever thought possible. I’ve traded my nature and solitude for interactions and networking, and while it sounds hollow I think right now it’s more about my growth and experimentation rather than laying down roots and establishing my themes/style. I’ve got my youth, drive and curiosity still, and I love getting the chance to share that with others like me. Even if my rent is 3 times what it used to be.