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'Fresh Cut' on exhibit at Knight Gallery
Nov. 1, 2012
Barbara Owen will reinterpret her “Bloom” series in a new exhibition, “Fresh Cut,” at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus Art Gallery in Warwick through Nov. 29. The exhibition features framed and unframed wall installations composed entirely of cut paper.
An opening reception with the artist will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the gallery.
Owen said her previous body of work, typically oil on canvas, some of which are featured also in this show, inspired the work in “Fresh Cut.” In these highly colorful, intricate and delicate compositions, Owen is experimenting with depth and superposition and inviting the viewer to examine the subtle boundary between flat work and the third dimension.
Using hand-painted paper, she meticulously cuts out her iconic shapes, leaving them whole or retaining a simple boundary, before assembling them into painting-like compositions, resulting in colorful and vibrant abstractions reminiscent of lace or crochet-work but without any recognizable or repeating patterns.
“I have been developing this body of work since the spring of 2000 when I first extracted and isolated specific organic shapes from the layers of abstraction I had been painting,” she said. “In what became the ‘Bloom’ paintings I developed an iconography and found that these shapes became more and more animated though the process of drawing and then later on canvas with color. The idea for ‘Fresh Cut’ came from cutting up the drawings that I used for preparing the paintings and looking closely at what these ‘Bloom’ shapes had become.”
Owen’s work has been exhibited at The Arts Center in Troy, N.Y.; Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vt.; and BWAC in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was included in volume nine of Studio Visit magazine’s international edition in 2010. Her most recent shows include the Yellow Peril Gallery in Providence; Newport Art Museum; Providence Art Windows and Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford, Mass.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bennington College. She relocated to Rhode Island with her family from New York City in 2004. She lives in Wakefield and has a studio in Pawtucket. More of her work and information are available online.
The gallery is located in Room 3500, on the third floor of the round building at the Warwick campus, 400 East Ave. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information, email the gallery.