«Yukiko Syndrome»



«Yukiko Syndrome»

An intermedia exhibition by digital artist Caitlin Burns

The Sleeth Gallery will be kicking off the 2016-2017 exhibition schedule with the intermedia exhibition «Yukiko Syndrome» by Sarasota, Florida, digital artist and designer Caitlin Burns.

Burns’s work examines the manufactured and repurposed cuteness which often reframes sinister aspects of modern life with a false sense of perfection. The pieces examine the story of Okada Yukiko, an 18-year-old Japanese pop idol who rose to fame in the mid-1980s. After her unexpected suicide, the singer’s talent agency went to great lengths to hide evidence of her severe emotional distress which led to to multiple copycat deaths — dubbed the Yukiko Syndrome. This exhibition features prints, animated GIFs and video projections that pair military and banking elements with saturated colors and dreamlike treatments to explore the tension between innocence and morbidity.

Caitlin Burns is a digital artist. Born in Ottawa, ON, she currently lives and works in Sarasota, FL. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Florida (St. Petersburg) with a major in Graphic Design, minoring in Art History. She currently freelances as a web developer and motion graphics designer.

More of Burns’s work can be seen online at http://caitlin-burns.com/.

A reception will be held on September 8 from 4:30 – 6:00pm.

Notice: This exhibition contains flashing lights and moving patterns of color. These conditions may trigger previously undetected epileptic symptoms or seizures in persons who have no history of prior seizures or epilepsy.