Cluster Phobic: Intersections of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture

Cluster Phobic:
Intersections of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture
1st July 2010 thru the 26th July 2010
(meet the artists opening reception Thursday, July 1st from 6-8p)

The relationship between form and function in any design is the confluence (and sometimes conflict) between what it does and what it is about, the ratio of its innovation with its performance. It is not merely the measure of its promise or desirability but also of its applicability, what it actually accomplishes.

If creativity is contingent on re-appropriation, structures are based on recombination. We do not make matter, we collect and reassemble it. We do not materialize new relationships, we enable new expressions of what we have experienced. Most of what we concern ourselves with, perhaps all, can be distilled to the eternal. The first buildings were found, not made, and as more tricks were added to the bag (post and lintel, vaulted arch, geodesic), not a single one comes primarily from the mind. They are found, they come from the structures of the world, from caves, from slabs, from volcanoes and molecules. History’s most innovative builders and makers are those that observed the world and saw new potential in old things.

It is our linear illusion of history that fibs, and society carries the trends. Although painting has enjoyed perhaps more liberty over the centuries then architectural trends, each are mired within the baggage of tradition. Materials, codes, Modernism; the painting is based on a window and the building is made as a receptacle for windows. It is the human illusion of supremacy, our presumed mastery of these grids in which we have constructed many prisons.

Those who looked in new ways, those who were deferent to the materials, processes and structures surrounding them, they are the ones who opened up new potential. Deference is perhaps the largest thread in the works before you, which are foremost the products of appropriation. Observation comes first, then study, experimentation, and realization. Each of us is asking “what can this do” both with the initial form and with the combination of processes used. The New Architecture requires not just innovation of forms; it seeks new manifestations of media, to transcend tradition.

What we have started with has yielded what is, and what could be; this installation is one set of possibilities.

Matt Burnett ( is a native of the Adirondacks, an Assistant Professor in the Graphics and Multimedia Design Program at SUNY Canton. He has worked extensively with painting and photography; his work focusing on natural systems and wilderness philosophy. His painting and multimedia work has been exhibited in galleries both across the northeast and internationally.

Scott Fuller ( is a practicing artist focusing in larger public works and small scale forms. His work has a diverse range utilizing sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, large-scale metal, glass work and ephemeral materials like fire and ice. Fuller’s work has been exhibited throughout the USA and in a total of thirty-four different countries around the world. His work has been published in many international exhibition catalogs, books, periodicals and newspapers and has appeared on national television in the USA and China. Fuller received an award in Beijing for a landscape sculpture created for the Summer Olympics and also presented the work in the California Governor’s Office during a cultural exchange between Chinese and American artists. Fuller is the founder and department chair of the new BFA in Visual Arts program at Saint Joseph's College of Maine.

The Art Machine

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by Mike Lynch of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Local artists are hoping that an antiquated cigarette machine will become the newest means of promoting the growing art scene here.

Todd Smith, owner of the 7444 Gallery, and artist Matt Burnett recently purchased a coin-operated cigarette vending machine in Plattsburgh, and this week have filled it with the work of more than 20 local artists. Most of the prizes are from the Saranac Lake Artworks group, but any artists are welcome to have their work put into the vending machine.

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