Show dates: May 1, 2013 – May 31, 2013
Artist’s reception: Thursday, May 2nd, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Jerrold Burchman, a Santa Barbara based artist, celebrates his fifty year career with a new exhibition entitled “New Paintings and Mixed-Media Collages”. This body of work continues (and expands upon), Burchman’s lifelong preoccupation with the fragility and precarious nature of life.
In these abstract paintings, the focus is on color, linear gesture, and the exploration of experimental paint processes. Upon first glance, Burchman appears to come from a lineage of landscape artists. Upon further viewing, these works hint at natural phenomena more than depict it, suggesting a more modern sensibility and artistic sophistication. The work becomes a choreography of mixing paint, altering shapes and assembling layers, suggesting the artist’s interests lies in the manipulation of medium rather than the subject of nature.
These gravity defying forms, inspired by dance, involve a layering and building of surface that continues until Burchman decides the painting is finished. Exuberant dots and splotches keep the viewer’s eye moving, giving each work a dynamism while at the same time forcing us to slow down to observe the entire painted surface. The unerring placement of each form within the picture plane contributes to the work’s serious intent, adding complexity and an inherent formalism. The determined structural organization of each canvas combines with intuitive improvisation, conveying Burchman’s continuing fascination with light, impermanence, fragility and strength.
Jerrold Burchman has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, and his work has been included in important private and public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Portland Museum, and The Joseph Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. This is Burchman’s fifth exhibition with Toomey Tourell.