Friday, April 07, 2006
This past winter in Houston the Diverse Works Gallery displayed Tom Burckhardt's "Full Stop", an artists studio made entirely of cardboard and black paint. Only 10 ft high x 18 ft wide x 18 ft deep, the installation is filled with art historical references such as Jackson Pollock's shoes, Jasper Johns's Savarin can and Edward Hopper's potbellied stove. The idea is that despite having all the right materials: tools, art supplies, art books and postcards of past masters work at hand, the artist is having a block--staring at a blank canvass. The attention to detail and that it's made entirely of cardboard is amazing. And the fact that you could walk in it was a real plus. Here are a few photos of the work, and one with myself just for scale. The only date still listed on the tour is the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT from March 26 through July, 2006.