Burzeen Contractor

Artist.

After moving to the United States, my connection to the sky intensified; it remained an ever-present beacon of comfort and solidity. I landed in the California desert, where I’ve remained for the last 15 years, working as a lead designer alongside Phillip K. Smith III.
Our shared interests in art and architecture coupled with similar educational backgrounds helped forge a symbiosis that continues to evolve to this day. Amidst the foreign environment that was stark, pristine, and wide-open, I was forced to reconnect with nature in new ways. My relationship to the sky evolved as I began to use light as my preferred artistic medium.

THE SKY IS ONE OF OUR GRANDEST

COMMON DENOMINATORS.

IT IS AN OMNIPRESENT AND

UNIVERSAL CONNECTOR WITHIN THE

COLLECTIVE HUMAN EXPERIENCE.

He has always been astutely aware of the sky’s power and importance.

“Face the light,” his mother used to say in his native India, where, as a child he partook in daily spiritual practices with the family.

Everlasting and eternal,

akin to the concept of God, the sky became integrally connected to the young boy’s spirituality, informing a relationship to the natural phenomenon that could be experienced no matter where he was at in the world.

He started to record the sky daily

in order to investigate atmospheric color and the subtle, ephemeral shifts in luminosity, tonality, and light that happen over time. But beyond mere documentation, his recordings also represented an accumulative experience of one man’s contemplation of sky.

With his large repertoire of individual sky recordings,

Burzeen started to explore their interrelationships, looking for spatial or temporal connections, that when layered, would result in a slice of light married from many moments into one construct.

Burzeen has succeeded in his mission to capture the ephemeral quality of the sky.

In doing so, he’s also managed to poetically express the dance between real, documented space and abstract, perceived space within a contemporary art lexicon.