John Toth fills the Useum with layers of translucent fabric to create an ethereal web-like installation that pours into the central lobby of the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The once familiar paintings of Charles Burchfield animate into specters of transforming colors. Computer kiosks allow visitors to ‘click-on’ images of paintings by Charles Burchfield and make drawings that are projected onto layers of fabric. From another kiosk participants click-on audio files of nature sounds and quotes from John Burroughs, Ralph Waldow Emerson and other nature lovers who influenced the fantastic reality of Burchfield’s painting philosophy on nature.
Songbirds Red Crested CardinalOsprey
13 Year Cicada Black Tree Cricket
"What impressed me was their dynamic power, against the light. It wa s
almost as if a struggle were taking place between the light from the sky, and
the black bulk of the houses, the light seeming to be a tangible force trying
to crowd the houses out of their space, and the houses resisting with all the
bulk they could muster." Charles Burchfield, 1918
An intermedia artwork that explores Charles Burchfield’s love of nature as an entry point for rethinking the American regional landscape.
What Lies Beyond the Bordersof a Charles Burchfield painting?
Yellow Afterglow ... Another Day In Jack's Mind.......Sunflowers....
"These things must be done
in the most unacademic, unrealistic manner - It will take hard striving, for you have
depended so long on working in front of an actual scene." Charles Burchfield.
"Burchfield was consciously preparing
pursue the methods that would lead to the expressionist and
transcendental styles of his later paintings.
He eventually would adopt Kandinsky's principle that 'the artist is not only entitled, but obliged to treat his
forms in whatever way is necessary for his purpose.'
Burchfield also held music in high esteem as an equivalent to
the visual arts. "Musical sound has direct access
to the soul, wrote Kandinsky.reo
Burchfield's journals reveal very little direct influence of other artist's works on
painting, but the monumental significance of natural sounds and music is clearly evident. His use of abstract
motifs in his insect fantasies illustrates the principle of synesthesia,
conveying one sense impression in terms of
another. His patterns or visual
conventions for natural sounds were stimulated by the sensation of hearing."
Nancy Weekly, Charles Burchfield: The Sacred Woods