Friday, March 25, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Lynne Barton at Studio Place Arts (SPA) in Barre

Closer: Stony Details
An exhibit by Lynne Barton

Lynne Barton of West Rutland is exhibiting a new body of work in the Third Floor Gallery at Studio Place Arts (SPA) that was inspired by a trip to a beach located on Malin Head in the Republic of Ireland where she impulsively filled her pockets with stones that would make the journey back to Vermont to serve as her creative muse. The exhibit showcases 20 works, including charcoal and pastels on paper, mixed media on paper, and monoprints. “Closer: Stony Details” is on view at SPA through April 16, 2011.

She recalls in her artist statement, “I began to think that what was notable about these stones was not how pretty they were, but what their existence in this place might mean. I wanted to know the story of why so many differently colored but similarly shaped and sized ones were here. Where did they come from? How were they formed?

“This work is a result of my initial foray into the study of rocks and attempts to address my interest in penetrating the surface of stony aesthetics. It is also an exploration of texture, form and the random partnerships of earthy materials motivated by this new curiosity. It reveals that despite a deeper scrutiny, I remain spellbound by the mysterious beauty of rocks - from texture, color, and form, to the metaphoric partnerships suggested by placement.”

Eroded Inclusions; Left and Right
, Charcoal & pastel on paper
A viewer gets Closer to the
Closer exhibit!