Carrie Burr
Carrie Burr

Artist Carrie Burr has always had a love of rifling through old photographs and historical prints, and that’s what most likely led to her picking up her first camera and documenting the world. She prefers being behind the lens as opposed to in front of it, because, as she says on her website, “I can see without interfering … I love seeing the reflection from the camera into our world.”

Burr’s latest show, “Context of Unraveling,” is part of this year’s Photo Biennial and hosted by Louisville Visual Art at PUBLIC Gallery. The exhibit features multimedia installations that use photos, video, sculpture and space, and merges everyday objects like driftwood and wire to create complex images.

“My work addresses the yearning for the simple in a complex world even when the simple is complex itself,” she says in her artist’s statement. “The materials are basic. The content is not. The process is not.”

"The Offering (diptych)" by Carrie Burr
“The Offering (diptych)” by Carrie Burr

“Context of Unraveling” runs Oct. 2-Nov. 2, and Burr is hosting an opening reception tonight from 6-8 p.m. PUBLIC Gallery is located at 131 W. Main St.

We caught up with Burr between snapping photos to ask her some very important questions …

cameraWhat’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?

I have never had a Bucket List really. Something I dreamed about but was never really sure of because, well, I wasn’t was making art.

What poster was on your wall in junior high?

None. I had a collage of images on my closet door from National Geographic

If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?

Giving and earning are very different.

What are your preferred pizza toppings?

Garlic and olive oil with extra spinach, extra cheese, black olives and red onions.

Flappers ruled the day in the Roaring '20s.
Flappers ruled the day in the Roaring ’20s.

If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?

Right now. Unless you meant an era, which would be the Roaring ’20s or the ’60s.

What famous person do people say you resemble the most?

My mom.

Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?

He knows who he is!

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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