For Immediate Release:
PR – Tuesday Talk with Artist Tom Burckhardt at CMCA
Rockland, Maine, July 6, 2018 —The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a Tuesday Talk with artist Tom Burckhardt on Tuesday, July 17, at 5:30pm, in the CMCA galleries at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Tuesday Talks are free with admission, and participants are invited to stay after the talk for further conversation and refreshments.
Burckhardt, a resident of New York City and Searsmont, Maine, will present a slide show on his work, followed by a walkthrough of his current installation, Studio Flood, a life-sized re-creation of an artist’s studio executed entirely in cardboard and black paint. A commentary on climate change, Studio Flood turns the world upside down as if hit by a catastrophic tidal wave. The floor plane, now an extended surface of water, appears above one’s head. Writing about Studio Flood for the art magazine, Hyperallergic, art critic Gregory Volk, states, “Every now and then a risky and idiosyncratic artwork comes along that seems both deeply compelling and stunningly apt, maybe even essential: the right work at the right time. Tom Burckhardt’s “Studio Flood” is such a work: the perfect piece for a precarious time, when so much seems scrambled, upended, confusing, and flat-out dangerous.”
Tom Burckhardt is perhaps best known for his paintings which examine aspects of abstraction and often incorporate sculptural elements. Art critic John Yau writes, “By finding ways to foreground his conflicts about painting, while also expanding its definition, Burckhardt has become one of the most interesting artists of his generation.” Burckhardt’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; the National Academy Museum, New York; and City Museum, Aalst, Belgium. His paintings have been exhibited at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Caren Golden Fine Arts, and PIEROGI, in New York City, and Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco.
For additional information on Tuesday Talks and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.
Located in the heart of downtown Rockland’s burgeoning arts district, CMCA is Maine’s leading contemporary art center, presenting a year-round schedule of exhibitions and educational programs for the community.
Summer hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission is $8; $6 for seniors and students with ID; free for CMCA members and visitors under 18. For more information, please visit cmcanow.org.