Jorge Burtin

American Art Collector - - Artists Focus -

Ac­cord­ing to artist Jorge Burtin, of La­guna Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, “Art sep­a­rates man from na­ture. It ex­ists for its own pur­pose. Pix­aic, the art form

I cre­ated, is its own rea­son for be­ing.”

He ex­plains, “Ev­ery one of us to­day sat in front of an elec­tronic screen. The im­age was cre­ated by mil­lions of pix­els lit up by beams of elec­trons. I wanted to tell our story of how we ac­quired our news and en­ter­tain­ment. We per­ceive the world by our minds cre­at­ing im­ages of glow­ing dots. Our chil­dren’s chil­dren will not fathom this world. I tell sto­ries of us by telling the tale of who came be­fore. Mo­saics and even mi­cro-mo­saics where used to tell sto­ries [such as in the work of] Ge­orges Seu­rat and his points of pig­ment.”

Burtin wanted to cap­ture in­di­vid­ual points of light with glass and paint in a new way. He con­ferred with artists work­ing with stained glass about how to make cubes of glass. “They said [it was] im­pos­si­ble. That’s al­ways a good start­ing point,” the artist says. “Many at­tempts later I was able to break glass into cubes. The only way glass can be cubed is by hand. Ev­ery piece is scored and bro­ken by hand. Then hand placed in the Pix­aic.” A typ­i­cal paint­ing has more than 40,000 pieces, Burtin shares, adding, “Your car has about 2,500.”

With ev­ery Pix­aic he cre­ates, Burtin wants to tell a story that ap­peals to the in­tel­lect and moves the emo­tions. “I try and take the or­di­nary parts of our day and re­con­struct the im­age into a mes­sage that is per­ceived by our minds and souls,” he notes. “Pix­aics are glass paint­ings that will last eons of time. This is the tale of us pre­sented to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to wit­ness our brief mo­ment in time.”

Burtin will ex­hibit his work July 5 to Septem­ber 1 at the Fes­ti­val of Arts of La­guna Beach.

Jorge Burtin’s stu­dio setup for his Pix­aic art­work.

Nights of Silk and Roses, glass

Koi, glass

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