Photo: Jeffrey Sturgis
Tom Burckhardt has created a full-scale replica of a mythical artist's studio made of cardboard, wood, glue, and flat black paint. The installation, 10 feet high by 18 feet wide, is filled with art historical references, such as Jackson Pollock's shoes and Jasper John's Savarin coffee can that holds paintbrushes. Walk through the studio to observe the tools for art making, but you will see no product.
Burckhardt said, This walk-through environment is full of the clutter and paraphernalia of the modern painter, toiling in romantic obscurity against the existential void — except he or she doesn't seem to be succeeding. A basic lack of ideas has crippled production despite having all the right materials: tools, art supplies, art books and postcards of past masters' work at hand. The highly detailed and slavishly worked whorl of the stuff of art making and bohemian existence, all carefully constructed of cardboard and painted in a cartoon-like manner, belie the contradiction at the center of the room: a blank canvas sitting on the easel.
"One of our favorite reasons to get out of the house this month...Eschewing the zany light shows and edgy imagery of so many contemporary installations, Tom Burckhardt: FULL STOP asks a host of pressing questions regarding art and the role of the artist." — Westchester Magazine
Tom Burckhardt: FULL STOP was organized by the Columbus College of Art & Design, in collaboration with the artist.
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