David M. Roth reviews Tom Burckhardt: City Slang at Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, on view through May 27, 2016.
Roth writes that "[Burckhardt's] off-kilter compositions, found in the moment of their creation, fully command the space they inhabit. Part of their strength rests with how the artist deploys strong and sometimes clashing colors… The tensions are eye-grabbing. When it comes to paint handling, Burckhardt leans toward flatness. Yet between the surface and the sometimes-visible weave of painted linen there are plenty of painterly effects, evidenced in washes, drips and semi-opaque sections where different layers intermingle. Burckhardt isn’t much moved by the hands-off ethos of Postmodernism; he values labor and hard-won results too much for that."