FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Wood-Patrick
October 21, 2004 Gallery AA/B – Art Advisory/Boston
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 Gallery AA/B Announces Exhibition - Recent Paintings by Barbara Baum and Grace Vasta-Carr

Barbara Baum has been working in series for several years, and at Gallery AA/B two of three major themes are represented. The Horizon Paintings are images that came about from a long standing interest in landscape, particularly the horizon line. With these abstracted landscapes, the artist explores the idea of what happens above and below the horizon; the apparent and the hidden become the focus. Here, the paint on the canvas is part of the subject of the work. This allows the artist to move away from particular places and specific narratives within distinct landscapes, to create something more basic and essential.

The Grid is a time honored form that provides a structure for exploring color and scale. It is deceptively complex and filled with surprises. Observing the way colors affect one another, altering the perception of the color and changing the place where it sits in space, is what engages the artist. Brilliant color theory is put to work within these meditations.

Ms. Baum has exhibited her work in galleries in Massachusetts and New York including several one person shows in Provincetown at the David Brown Gallery and Milton Academy's Nesto Gallery. She studied with Phillip Guston. Works are held in private collections throughout the United States.

Grace Vasta-Carr's intricate and abstracted series of gardens illustrate similar expertise in color theory and mastery. She has found these lovingly tended spaces to be an inexhaustible inspiration for her work on canvas and paper. For the artist the garden acts as a rich metaphor for the human experience; the interaction of the human will with nature's prolific variation. In a garden, as in ourselves, the infinite possibilities of nature are restrained and carefully managed to project a cohesive image. The challenge is to strike a collective balance between the extremes of vast chaos and contrived order.

Finding a foundation in Monet's later work, Vatsa-Carr relates to the play of intricate brushwork juxtaposed with the simplicity of scene. Another influence is Van Gogh's use of vibrant color and fervent application of paint. Vasta-Carr is clearly interested in the interplay of light and dark which, to her, represents the struggle between that which is conscious and unconscious. She states: "The dark shapes define the light and vice versa, each inexorably contributing to the whole… Shapes remain ambiguous, just as nature is in constant flux and our thoughts move and change, constantly making new connections".

Since 1994 Vasta-Carr has been exhibiting her work in galleries and museums in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia. Many noted museum and gallery curators have selected her work for juried shows, including Lisa Messinger, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Olga Viso, Hirshhorn Museum. Her work is held in private and corporate collections throughout the US and Canada.

The exhibition will run November 4 through December 18, with an Opening Reception Saturday, November 6, 4-7 PM.

Public hours are Thursdays 12 PM - 5:30 PM, Fridays & Saturdays, 12 PM – 5 PM and by appointment. The Gallery is located at 535 Albany Street, Boston, MA.  For more information please call Gallery AA/B at (617) 574- 0022 or visit  





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