April 15, 2013
December 13, 2012
My piece “Rmutt Candy Dispenser” was mentioned on Hyperallergic earlier this week. Author Hrag Vartanian speculated that 3d printed works will begin to flood the art world using my piece and that of my friend Micah Ganske as examples of works on display this year during Art Basel Miami Beach. Link: http://hyperallergic.com/61748/get-ready-for-the-flood-of-3d-printed-objects/
November 16, 2012
Thingiverse featured my models, TwoHeads are Better than One, PEZ feet connector and Adler + Sullivan, in their “Thingiverse Superstars” blog post to promote the new features and interface on the website.
September 27, 2012
My 3d printed piece “Two Heads are Better than One” produced for the Industry of the Ordinary: 2003-2013 Sic Transit Gloria Mundi at the Chicago Cultural Center has been featured on the Makerbot blog.
September 27, 2012
Improbable Objects was invited by Bad at Sports to exhibit at Expo Chicago. We made 3d scans of the Bad at Sports crew, their interviewees and members of the general public. Using Reconstructme and the MS Kinect we made 3d portraits in the booth at the art fair. We also exhibited the artists’ proofs for our first edition – Dr. N.A.T.O.M by Jacob Crose. Improbable Objects plan to release this edition in mid October 2012. Improbable Objects is a collaboration between Tom Burtonwood and Michael Moceri. Big thank you to Christian Oiticica for assisting with scanning, printing and working the crowd with us, thanks also to Nathan Aldredge for working up the CAD models in concert with Jacob, and of course thank you to Richard Holland, Duncan Mackenzie + all the BAS massive for making this possible. For more info on Improbable Objects check out our website: http://improbableobjects.com and sign up for our mailing list.
September 27, 2012
This week: Richard talks to Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes, about their work individually, collectively, and their current gallery What it is.
August 7, 2012
21st Evanston and Vicinity Biennial
Opening and artists’ reception on Sunday, August 12 from 1 – 4 pm.
Exhibition dates: August 12 to September 9, 2012.
UPDATE: My piece Enigma won the Juror’s Award at the Biennial. w00t! Very exciting. Thank you to Shannon Stratton for selecting my piece for this prize. Also huge thank you to Mickey Pomfrey, Cat Bromels and Sabina Ott without whom making the piece would have been nigh on impossible. Congrats to all the artists who were selected for the Biennial — it’s wonderful to be exhibiting my work in such great company.
I have a new installation titled Enigma included in the 21st Evanston and Vicinity Biennial opening on Sunday August 12th. Enigma is my first wall paper installation using colored panels and i’m very pleased with the way it came out. The Evanston and Vicinity Biennial was selected by juror Shannon Stratton and includes some really awesome pieces by many artists whose work I love. http://www.evanstonartcenter.org/exhibitions/21st-evanston-and-vicinity-biennial
Artists: Mark Adkins, Oak Park; Alberto Aguilar, Chicago; Jane Fulton Alt, Evanston; Marissa Benedict, Chicago; Daniel Bruttig, Chicago; Robert Burnier, Chicago; Tom Burtonwood, Oak Park; Scott Carter, Chicago; Stephen Cartwright, Urbana; Andrew Copper Smith, Oak Park; Margaret Crowley, Chicago; Matt Davis, Chicago; Michael Dinges, Oak Park; Diana Gabriel, Hoffman Estates; David Giordano, Chicago; Emily Hermant, Chicago; Alexander Herzog, Chicago; Matt Irie, Elk Grove Village; Barbara Jeanne Jenkins, Evanston; Stacee Kalmanovsky, Buffalo Grove; Julia Klein, Chicago; Barbara Koenen, Chicago; Morgan Krehbiel, Evanston; Katie Loomis, Chicago; Ivan Lozano, Chicago; Jorge Lucero, Champaign; Bobbi Meier, River Forest; Jackie Melissas, Evanston; Holly Murkerson, Chicago; Julie Oh, Chicago; Joel Parsons, Chicago; Karen Perl, Evanston; Cole Pierce, Chicago; Melissa Ann Pinney, Evanston; Wolfie Rawk, Chicago; Todd Reed, Bolingbrook; Patricia Rieger, Oak Park; Nicole Seisler, Chicago; Lindsay Sherman, Chicago; Soo Shin, Chicago; Geoffry Smalley, Chicago; Alex Tam, Schaumburg; Xavier Toubes, Oak Park; Rafael E. Vera, Chicago; Sarah Williams, Chicago; Robin Woodsome, Glenview; and Kaylee Wyant, Chicago.
Evanston Art Center
2603 Sheridan Road
Evanston, Il 60201
July 5, 2012
New works by Tom Burtonwood + Holly Holmes
Artists Reception, Sunday July 15th, 2012, 2 – 4pm.
Exhibition dates, 07/02 – 07/31/12
Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL
Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes present “Multiplicity,” a new exhibit based on the geometry and patterning they have found in the residential architecture of Oak Park. The exhibit will be shown in the Oak Park Public Library Gallery from July 2 through July 30. This is the first two-person collaborative project between Burtonwood and Holmes since 2008. A reception for the artists will be Sunday, July 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Gallery at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. The exhibit is open during regular library hours.
June 10, 2012
Here’s the first of the pieces from The Met that i scanned using 123D Catch at last weekends Hackathon, uploaded to thingiverse. I had a lot of problems getting it to be printable – which in retrospect i think i would have resolved if i’d seen this tutorial by Tinkernut. Huge thank you to Jason Bakutis for helping out. Follow the progress of the new works going online and the derivative works on Pinterest.
June 1, 2012
I have some new pieces included in the Bushwick Open Studios this weekend as part of the Bushwick Augmented Reality Intervention, organized and curated by Mark Skwarek. If you are in and around Bushwick and have a smartphone or tablet enabled device you should be able to view the work at specific locations. Please check out the website for more information: http://bushwickarintervention2012.blogspot.com/
June 1, 2012
I’m at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, participating in the first 3-d Scanning and Printing Hackathon today and tomorrow with Makerbot. I’ll try to update this post over the next 48 hours with projects as they unfold. You can follow the conversation on twitter using the #Met3d hashtag.
May 25, 2012
UPDATE: VIDEO from Mike Moceri
Mike Moceri and I are collaborating on a project that premiers tomorrow night at The Southside Hub of Production. We are going to be be 3d Scanning (with the Kinect, Reconstructme + Netfabb) visitors to tomorrow nights opening reception and then 3d Printing them, there and then for folks to take home with them. All the “portraits” we scan will be uploaded to Thingiverse to share with teh internets. We have also scanned portions of the exhibition and the interior of the building and we will be installing 3d prints of these vignettes over the course of the exhibition. Hope you can make it tomorrow night and add your portrait to the growing archive.
On Making Things Matter: Strategies For Preservation
curated by Laura Shaeffer, John Preus and Alberto Aguilar
Hyde Park Kunstverein
Alberto Aguilar: Object Reservation
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 26th, 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Red Flags Salon hosts: Rafael E. Vera and Mara Baker
Exhibition Runs: May 26 – July 15, 2012
(A schedule of accompanying events will be released separately)
Hope Esser, Nazafarin Lotfi, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Teresa Pankratz, Bryan Saner, Jorge Lucero, Hui-min Tsen, Samuel Sotelo-Avila, Alex Bradley Cohen, Pete Fagundo, Norman Long, Rafael E. Vera, Mara Baker, Adam Farcus, Alexander Stewart, Madeleine Bailey, Erik Peterson, Rachel Herman, Tom Burtonwood, Rebecca Beachy, Daniel Tucker, Michael Webster, Coleen Plumb, Edra Soto, Dan Sullivan, Elizabeth Szwaya, Matthew John McWilliams, Mike Moceri, Andrea Smith, Chris Lin, Kayce Bayer, Victoria Martinez, Collective Cleaners, Jim Duignan and Teacher’s Lounge
On Making Things Matter: Strategies For Preservation
This is a show about leaving. As many of you are aware, SHoP will close down/move on July 31st. In keeping with tracking our life in the house, this exhibition explores strategies for holding onto experience, for wringing the meaning and significance out of the things that happen to us. We take pictures, we buy souvenirs, we write in journals, we perform rituals, we have parties, we tell stories and embellish them. Clearly, without memory we are helpless, but why not just let it happen and move on? Is enjoyment of an experience exclusive of the possibility of documenting it? Do we have to choose between immersing ourselves in experience and abstracting ourselves from it so as to understand, document, remember, define it?
Cognitive science suggests that when we recall something, we are in each case remembering the last time we remembered it, and not returning to the primary source. Memory is fugitive, like the color red. It cannot maintain vibrancy for long, yet certain experiences, whether chosen or imposed, persist as primary, significant, essential narrative features in our autobiographies. Can these moments be authored, or do they happen in spite of us?
April 16, 2012
I am pleased to announce that my work has been selected to join the AOL Artists program. Please check out my AOL Artists page, where you can see the three canvases they selected and a number of my other pieces, plus bio information and social media links. My wife Holly Holmes was also selected for the program you can see her AOL Artists page here. From our artists pages you can select our canvases to adorn the AOL homepage each time you visit their site. We’re both really excited to be part of this program joining several artists whose work we really admire including fellow Chicago-based artist Cody Hudson, UK-based illustrator and artist Matt Lyon, Brooklyn based UK-artist Jon Burgerman, Mike Perry and Siggi Eggertsson. Big thank you to Nikki and Erika and everyone from AOL for making this happen.
March 29, 2012
I’m premiering a new series of inkjet printed editions at Typeforce 3 this weekend here in Chicago. Currently there are six images in the series, each one spelling out a different “Four Letter Word” in my custom typeface. They are printed on Moab Entrada Rag paper, in an edition of 5 prints plus artists proof.
If you would like more information drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To preview the images click here: Four Letter Words.
The Annual Showcase of
March 30, 2012 – 7-11pm
Tasty Drinks by the Hornswaggler’s
After party at Maria’s Bar – 2 blocks north of the gallery
This Year’s Typographic Allstars
Abby Christensen, Alex Fuller, Alexa Viscius, Andy Luce, Brandt Brinkerhoff, Cameron Brand, Cristina Vanko, Dave Pabellon, Derek Olson, NosE, Elaine Fong, Gregory Calvert, Jana Kinsman, Jason Frohlichstein, Jason Lazarus, Jennie Li, Jessica Viscius, Jillian Barthold, John Pobojewski, Jonathan Duncan, Jonathan Petersen, Jordan Martins, Juan Chavez, Kady Dennell, Katherine Walker, Kyle Fletcher, Lauren Connoll, Matthew Hoffman, Meaghan Burritt, Mike Wilgus, Nathan Legsdin, Nick Adam, Ranee Wu, Rick Valicenti, Ryan Duggan, Thom Snels, Tom Burtonwood, Vida Sacic
March 15, 2012
I’m participating in “Downcast Eyes” next week at the Museum of Contemporary Art, showing one of my animated gif’s. Big thank you to TAGTEAM & twohundredandfifysixcolors for making it possible!
Downcast Eyes takes place at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago, on Tues., March 20, as part of the MCA’s Internet Superheroes series. The public is encouraged to participate. TAGTEAM and twohundredfiftysixcolors will give brief presentations at 6:30 but participants should show up by 6 p.m. More information can be found on the MCA’s website.
February 22, 2012
Short mention on Triblocal about the artist’s talk and demo from last Saturday with Patrick Lichty.
February 18, 2012
Saturday February 18th, 3pm – 4pm
Oak Park Public Library
Oak Park, IL 60304
Tessellations , Technologies, Techniques: 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at Maze Branch. I’m giving an artist’s talk today with my colleague Patrick Lichty in support of my current exhibition at the Oak Park Public Library, Maze Branch. I’m going to demonstrate the digital fabrication methods and technologies I used to create the reliefs in my recent installation “Tessellations.” Additionally we’ll be demonstrating how to create a 3-d scan with a MS Kinect and print this scan with a Makerbot 3-d printer.
February 3, 2012
Solo Exhibition by Tom Burtonwood
February 4th – 29th, 2012
Oak Park Public Library – Maze Branch
Oak Park, IL 60304
January 25, 2012
January 14, 2012
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco CA
January 14th – February 25th, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6:30pm
Main Gallery, Cash Bar and Light Snacks/ $5 admission
You Are Beautiful is a simple, powerful statement aspiring to create moments of positive self realization. The exhibition is an anonymous collective of community based projects and interventions, using drawings, photographs, found objects, sound, and installation to engage this fundamental concept in innovative and diverse ways. Also on view, is the You Are/ I Am Book Series, a global, collaborative project from the 2005 exhibit in Chicago.
After the exhibition, select works will be (re)installed in the streets of San Francisco―a campaign of optimism, seeking to create a new methodology of unified social consciousness.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
December 14, 2011
GeoSpeak II was curated by Angela Bryant of Abryant Galllery. The show will remain up on the near north side of Chicago from November 2011 – February 2012
River Bank Lofts
550 North Kingsbury Chicago, IL 60305
Featured Artists: Jerome Acks, Robert Burnier, Tom Burtonwood, Diana P. Gabriel, Brittney Hudgins, Sam Jaffe, Jeffrey Cote de Luna, Dominic Paul Moore, NoNora Maite Nieves, Kristina Paabus, Melody Saraniti, and Rachel Smith
November 28, 2011
“Water” with Holly Holmes and James Jankowiak at Sidecar Gallery was reviewed by Jeriah Hildwine on Bad at Sports, in a post titled “This Is Why Indiana Is The Shit.” — Thank you Jeriah!
November 25, 2011
I will be exhibiting this year at the Aqua Art Miami fair with our project space What It Is. I am showing Composition 7.1.1 and a number of my Color Study / Composition 2 pieces. I will have both framed and unframed pieces from the Composition 2 series available plus a limited number of signed books too. I am exhibiting alongside my good friends and colleagues Lise Haller Baggesen, Holly Holmes, Sabina Ott, Andrew Rigsby and Stoic Swine. If you are in Miami for the fairs please drop me a line and i’ll fwd you a pdf VIP ePASS for Aqua Art Miami.
Aqua Art Miami
VIP Preview, November 30th: 8 – 11pm
December 1/2/3: 11am – 8pm
December 4: 11am – 4pm
2011 Fair Schedule
VIP Preview Opening
Wednesday, November 30: 8 – 11 pm
Sponsored by MODERN PAINTERS
Featuring Russell Mofsky and the Gold Dust Lounge.
Catering by Chef Wally Rice. Beverages courtesy of SX Liquors.
Museum Day at Aqua11
Thursday, December 1: 11am – 8pm
Free entry to the fair for members of participating art museums (see below)
General Public Hours
Thursday, December 1: 11am – 8pm
Friday, December 2: 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 3: 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 4: 11am – 4pm
General Admission: $10 (good for re-entry for the duration of the fair)
FREE with Aqua VIP Card or ePASS, Art Basel VIP Card & Art Basel Press Pass
1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach,
November 12, 2011
Abryant Gallery presents:
Geometrically Speaking II
Opening reception Thursday November 17th, 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition continues through 02/17/12
Modern art has a rich history with geometric shapes thanks to artists like Sol LeWitt , Frank Stella, Mondrian, and many others. In Geometrically Speaking II, artwork that utilizes geometric shapes as their central theme will be exhibited. Viewers will encounter the multi-layered stripped paintings of Melody Saraniti, an original alphabet composed solely of geometric shapes by Tom Burtonwood, and an octagonal-shaped sculpture composed of sweaters by Sam Jaffe.
Featured Artists: Jerome Acks, Robert Burnier, Tom Burtonwood, Diana P. Gabriel, Brittney Hudgins, Sam Jaffe, Jeffrey Cote de Luna, Dominic Paul Moore, Nora Maite Nieves, Kristina Paabus, Melody Saraniti, and Rachel Smith
Curated by Angela Bryant
November 5, 2011
New work by:
Opens November 5th, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
It exists naturally in all three common states of matter. As one of the ‘classical’ elements, it represents the fluid, formless things in the world. It makes up, at minimum, 55% percent of the human body. Covering almost 70% of its surface, water is the most abundant compound on the Earth. It is, quite literally, almost everywhere. Just as water is a necessity for humans, so is art. Everywhere we go, throughout history, human beings remake the world around them. We must do it. We take the world apart and rearrange it to suit our own needs. Closing the 2011 season, SideCar presents three artists and their personal approaches to this ‘remaking’ of the world.
Holly Holmes starts with a material and breaks it into smaller parts, attempting to distill that material into a simple unit. Then, using multiples of the simple unit, builds up her forms in an organic process of reassembly. Tom Burtonwood‘s recent work has involved remaking the form of the ‘QR-code’; combining the structure of this variation on the bar-code with color interaction studies. The resulting geometric abstraction contains an alphabet embedded in its forms. These are not just interesting compositions. They actually contain language; they could be words. James Jankowiak speaks of building up his abstractions, starting with simple geometric forms and layering colored line upon colored line until the final object reveals itself to him. All three artists refer to their objects slowly appearing through process, after first distilling an essence, then by layering repeated actions by the artist and repeated permutations of that distilled form. Water. It is rarely pure. It is referred to as The Universal Solvent. It is special because it is absolutely necessary and it is ubiquitous. Most of us take water for granted. When absent, however, that ubiquity and necessity are amplified. In much the same way, we also take art for granted. Human beings need to make. We will always remake the world around us. This is, at its core, the reason for the work of art.
All photos courtesy of Sidecar Gallery.
I am premiering my new “wall paper” installation titled Cipher-text. I created the design using my alphabet / font, Hedgehog. There are two designs encrypting three character internet acronyms such as LOL, WTF etc etc. Using the embedded QR codes visitors are invited to attempt to decode them.
To get to Sidecar Gallery via automobile from Chicago, with tolls: http://g.co/maps/6phh5 without tolls: http://g.co/maps/svqxp
To get to Sidecar Gallery via public transit take the South Shore line from Millennium Station to the Hammond stop, it should take about 45mins: http://www.nictd.com/wkndeast.html . This map shows the proximity of the Hammond station to the gallery: http://g.co/maps/em9vz.
Big thankyou to Mike Kaysen for asking Holly, James and I to show at Sidecar Gallery.
Thank you to Paul Klein for the shout out on art letter!
October 19, 2011
@ 2ND FLR Gallery
903 w. 19th St. Chicago, IL 60608
Opening Friday, October 14th, from 6PM – 10PM
On view through Saturday, October 29. In celebration of Chicago Artist Month, 2ND FLR Gallery is proud to present Digital Revolution. By participating in CAM “Artful Networks,” we will be expanding on their theme the communities that nurture and inspire Chicago artists and their work. Our artists, Stephanie Burke, Annie Heckman, Tom Burtonwood Fraser Taylor , and Chris Hammes represent contemporary film, performance, installation, photography and animation.
October 7, 2011
Friday, October 7, from 8-11 pm, four UK artists are hosting an exhibit to benefit Egmont Trust, a leading UK children’s charity. Your $15 donation gets you in to see some art, an incredible view of the city and a glass of wine… best of all, 100% of your donation goes to charity.
The venue can hold 100 so places are limited.
The residence of the British Consul General, 61st floor, Olympia Towers, 161 East Chicago Ave., Chicago IL, 60611
September 25, 2011
WRITE NOW: ARTISTS & LETTERFORMS
September 30, 2011 – April 29, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Opening Reception: Friday, September 30, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Actual Size Artworks, Nick Adam, Teresa Albor, Dylan Allread, Aviva Alter, Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes, Catherine Bouzide, Drury Brennan, Stephanie Brooks, Tom Burtonwood, Derek Chan, Erik DeBat, Louis DeMarco, Michael Dinges, Dzine, Ken Fandell, Samuel Feinstein, Doug Fogelson, Mike Genovese, Aron Gent, Mario Gonzalez Jr., Dan Grzeca, Matthew Hoffman, Jo Hormuth, Cody Hudson, Industry of the Ordinary, Matt Irie, Carol Jackson, Kathleen Judge, Amos Kennedy, Chad Kouri, BJ Krivanek, Jason Lazarus, Harold Mendez, Adelheid Mers, Jason Messinger, Eddwin Meyers, Ray Noland, Todd Palmer, Jason Pickleman, Jaume Plensa, John Pobojewski, Karen Reimer, Bud Rodecker, Matt Rose, Joel Ross, John Santoro, Zach Shrey, Matt Siber, Nicholas Sistler, Buzz Spector, Christine Tarkowski, Scott Thomas, Michael Thompson, Tom Torluemke, Cecil Touchon, Rick Valicenti, Nathan Veach, Daniel Warren, Ian Weaver, Ian Whitmore, Bernard Williams & Fluxus Mail Art and Concrete Poetry
Artists Talk with Mike Genovese, Christine Tarkowski, Bernard Williams
Thursday, October 6, 2011, 6PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Look for more information soon about:
Fluxus Day at the Chicago Cultural Center: February 11, 2012
Gallery talks, January – April, 2012
Monthly on the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Wednesday, 6 PM
Presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.
September 7, 2011
I was asked to produce a “proposal” for an Imaginary Monument for this weeks edition of Newcity. This image is what I came up with. The proposed site is that of the Chicago Spire. The modules are derived from my “font” Hedgehog and read
August 8, 2011
Please join me to help celebrate the publication of “Composition 2 / Color Studies,” a 120 page full color catalogue documenting the all 100 paintings in the Composition 2 series. Media artist and theorist Patrick Lichty has written a wonderful essay to accompany the work. We will have limited number of catalogues at the event so come early to pick one up or reserve one from the next batch.
Composition 2 is a series of 100 paintings produced sequentially, each one created on an identical matrix. The geometric composition is conceptually equivalent to the source code one might use in a computer program or web site. An identical visual framework is deployed to create many variations through simple modulations of hue and saturation. From a process of repetition and experimentation the phenomena of color is revealed to the viewer through many different outcomes.
Published by Tom Burtonwood and What It Is
ALL ARTWORK © TOM BURTONWOOD 2011
CATALOGUE © TOM BURTONWOOD AND WHAT IT IS
Catalogue design by Tom Burtonwood and What It Is
Photography credits: Tom Burtonwood
Essay by Patrick Lichty
This catalogue is partially funded by an Individual Artist Support Initiative grant from the Illinois Arts Council.Thank you to
Encarnacion Teruel and everyone at IAC for their assistance.
Thank you to Jessica Cochran and the Center for Book and Paper at Columbia College Chicago for all their support with this
publication and concurrent exhibition.
Thank you to my parents Neil & Jean Burtonwood, Holly Holmes, Matt + Verity, Dawoud Bey, David Blackburn, Gretel Garcia Cuba, Connie Gillock, Sarah Guernsey & Richard Holland, Joyce & Kenneth Holmes, Christopher Holmes, R. James Healy, Barbara Kasten, Jeremiah Ketner, Paul Klein, Troy Klyber, Patrick Lichty, Sabina Ott, Rachel Perrine, Andrew Rigsby, Holly Sabin, Anthony & Andrea Vizarri and everyone who “liked” the color studies on Facebook, commented on them or added one (or more) to their collection IRL (in real life).