Robert Xavier Burden: Relics @ Oceanside Museum of Art

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It’s the Season of the Bear. The same named series about an Italian Beef Sandwich shop in Chicago and the Iranian movie No Bears are both steeped in interaction among families and neighborhoods, portraying joys and perils that we impose on ourselves—or are forced upon us. With engaging, and yes, entertaining detail and storyline, visual art engages and scores an immediate impression. This is what Robert Xavier Burden is able to accomplish in his paintings of the flora and fauna that nourish our natural world, not painstakingly, but joyfully and carefully crafted to draw in the viewer. Charles the silverback gorilla of the Toronto zoo sits surrounded by ape toys like King Kong and Space Chimps. A Russian fox from…

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