Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Barbara Pagh: Coast to Coast

Hera Gallery
Barbara Pagh: Coast to Coast
September 8th – October 13th
Opening Reception:  Saturday, September 8th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

In this exhibition, Barbara Pagh will bring together a selection of work from several related series of prints. Landscape has been a dominant theme in her work for the past twenty years. There is no attempt to create a realistic representation of place, but a subjective impression based on structure and color and resulting in a layering of texture and form. Pagh often incorporates images of close textural details and natural objects. Although taken from a photograph, the resulting abstraction encourages the viewer to look at the landscape in a new way.

The images come from beaches and rocky shores in Rhode Island, Hunting State Park in South Carolina and more recently the Pacific Northwest coast. The "Shoreline" series use patterns of sand from both the beach in Matunuck and South Carolina. They also include images of shells, starfish and shark's teeth. The "Tidal Zone" series was completed last year for an exhibition at the Newport Art Museum. These large prints include some of the same imagery in addition to the trees found along the shore at Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina. The most recent prints will include images of seaweed, rocks, starfish and anemones found along the Oregon coast.

Printmaking allows Pagh to experiment with the multiple in different ways by printing different colors and varying the combinations of images. Pagh rarely makes an edition, except for group portfolios, so each print is unique. She usually starts her process with making paper. Pagh works with abaca and makes sheets of various sizes. The photographs are done on site and then altered in Photoshop. From those prints she makes negatives and exposes them on a light sensitive aluminum lithographic plate. The plates are saved and often re-used in different ways. Pagh also makes collages with the extra printed elements. 

We invite you to join us for the opening reception, Saturday, September 8th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhoode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.

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