Exhibit preview: “Tom Burckhardt: Full Stop” recreates artist’s studios with only cardboard and black paint

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From the August 28, 2014 edition

Tom Burckhardt’s “Full Stop” is a wonderfully simplistic and whimsical three-dimensional recreation of an artist’s studio, using only cardboard and black paint. The studio — including everything from drawing tables, a canvas and materials, right down to the brushes, paint cans and easels, to a bookshelf, tool wall and other works of art — was created in 2004 and has been touring various museums and art institutions since.

Looking inside the cardboard-reconstituted studio space is fascinating. Viewers can inspect the exact detail taken with every minutia, and get a glimpse of history. The goal is to create a commentary on the modern artist and the mystique of his/her studio. Hence, Burckhardt includes nods to contemporary legends like Jasper Johns and Jackson Pollock.

An artist talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 with a reception immediately following.