CMCA opens ‘Flood’ gate of summer

Jun 02, 2018
An artist’s world is turned upside down, both figuratively and literally, in Tom Burckhardt’s “ Studio Flood” installation of cardboard and paint.

Rockland — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., will open the first of its three summer exhibitions Saturday, June 9. “Tom Burckhardt: Studio Flood” will run through Oct. 9.

“Studio Flood” features a life-size, walk-in installation executed entirely in corrugated cardboard and black paint, evoking an artist’s studio that has experienced a catastrophic flood: the floor plane, now an extended surface of water, appears above visitors’ heads. In the floodwater, black monochrome canvases —emblems of intellect, will and discipline — “float,” having been wrenched from their creators’ control and set adrift.

Burckhardt has been called one of the most interesting artists of his generation by art critic John Yau. His work has been shown nationally and internationally including at McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; National Academy Museum, New York; and City Museum, Aalst, Belgium. An iteration of “Studio Flood” was exhibited at Pierogi Gallery in New York City last fall; it premiered at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, Kerala, India, in 2016. Burckhardt currently lives and works in New York City and Searsmont.

Next to open will be “Jocelyn Lee: The Appearance of Things,” Saturday, June 16, followed by “John Bisbee: American Steel” on Saturday, June 30. All three artists will be feted during CMCA's annual summer gala, The Art Party, set for Friday evening, June 29. Tickets to The Art Party are available online at or by calling 701-5005.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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