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May 2, 2013

Pine Harbor exhibition highlights CCC professor

PLATTSBURGH — The space between and after classes is when Ian Burcroff paints his brilliant collages with echoes of Romare Bearden and James Rosenquist.

“Ian Burcroff: New Paintings” opens Tuesday at the Pine Harbour Assisted Living gallery.

“These are all paintings that I have worked on during the last three years,” said Burcroff, who is an assistant professor of art at Clinton Community College.

“The style of my work, the process, I developed for myself. I definitely look at modern art as an influence, the art of 20th century … and the cubists of the early 20th century — Picasso and Braque. I think their era was really a changing era, and I think our era today changes drastically. Every decade brings new technology and so forth. I think painting should focus its time. The form of the paintings should have that sort of motion, I suppose.”

In his artist statement, Burcroff writes:

“My recent paintings involve a process of pictorial dissection. Each composition contains multiple visual fields representing a variety of pictorial impressions of places and objects, metaphorically relating these to broader themes.

“By manipulating the structure of a painting in order to allude to the disparity of elements that form contemporary points of view, I hope to demonstrate the constraining impact of this diversity. Each painting is approached with a spirit of improvisation. Very little is planned or drawn. The images consist of fragmented concepts both real and imagined that give a sense of movement within a two-dimensional space. Information is layered and often stacked on top of patterns and color fields, creating rapid visual changes. Paint application differs in areas of the canvas; it can be additive or subtractive, painstaking or expressive. Each painting is carefully ‘built.’”

The exhibition features 11 acrylic paintings.

“I like acrylic because it dries quickly, so I can work quickly. The process I use involves a lot of editing to cover up areas really quickly. Oils tend to be more about blending. Acrylic is more of a flat application,” he said.

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