Lecture / Discussion | “Conventions for Abstract Thoughts”
Lecture by Nancy Weekly
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 7–8:30 pm
In childhood, Charles Burchfield formulated memories of fear and mourning that he would later transform into his own language of pictorial symbols he called “Conventions for Abstract Thoughts.” His actual personal meanings might not be discernible to the outer world, but these peculiar signifiers had the capacity to infuse disturbance into landscape paintings and convey powerful subliminal meaning. Their essence permeated his artwork throughout his career.