In Water

Remaya 2, mixed media on wood panel, 36 x 36″

A year ago I had a conversation with Jerry Beck, good friend and founder of the well known Revolving Museum (in Jerry’s nomenclature, a “nomadic nonprofit cultural organization”). We shared an interest in exploring the linkages between art and science, and we agreed that New England is a rich environment for that kind of dialogue. A new exhibit, In Water, is the result of that conversation.

We chose a ubiquitous topic since every day we each have a personal encounter with water. And while it is fundamental to life, it also possesses a high capacity to transform–it can flow, freeze, vaporize, dropletize, bubble, flood, evaporate, absorb, eviscerate. Its many variations and forms inspire expression.

This exhibit includes works that are diverse in form and intention, from the abstract to the political and ecological. Many of the artists are good friends of mine, so assembling this show has been particularly satisfying. The artists include Kay Canavino, Rachael Eastman, Barbara Gagel, Susan Quateman, George Wingate and myself.

In Water is the first of a series that will be part of the Revolving Museum’s Art and Science Partnership. Working with the Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry and Beyond Benign, an advocacy organization for green chemistry education, we hope to explore themes that speak to both aesthetic and scientific touch points.

I hope you will have a chance to stop by.

Show details:
June 25 – October 25, 2016
Artist Reception: Saturday, June 25, 2-5PM
Warner Babcock Institute and Beyond Benign
100 Research Drive
Wilmington MA 01887

Beyond Benign Gallery hours:
Thursdays, 1-4pm
By appointment at 978.229.5400

For more information:

In Water exhibit

Warner Babcock Institute

Beyond Benign

The Revolving Museum

4 Replies to “In Water”

  1. More each time I view these paintings, Deborah, like the one above I get an ineffable vibe. The color(s) and movement and neuron explosions are something Else. Like I’ve told you, for me these are better, more compelling than 90% of what I see in contemporary exhibitions.

    Black Swan/Law of large numbers: Art/Poetry are lotteries to some extent. When things break for you, Fortuna, your work should stand with Rothko, Kandinsky, Newman, etc. Comparisons are not odious. Never.

    1. deborahbarlow says:

      Rick, what a great message. You made my day!

  2. Ann Call says:

    Deborah, I agree with the former comment, although I am a neophyte to contemporary art. Your works, as I have said before, feel to me increasingly organic, primal, visceral, deep, rich, alive. They are feeling more so as I continue to follow you. They pull me in…there is a great mind (and obviously a great heart) wielding your brush.

    1. deborahbarlow says:

      Thank you Ann, this is so thoughtful.

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