Frances Barth, ‘COM 4’, 2011, SILAS VON MORISSE gallery
Frances Barth, ‘COM 4’, 2011, SILAS VON MORISSE gallery
Frances Barth, ‘COM 4’, 2011, SILAS VON MORISSE gallery

The COM painting are a series of five paintings on panels created in 2011. Those panels are meant to be read in a cinematic way from left to right as the light changes in each work, indicating a progression of time from early morning to late in the day. Those fictive landscapes allow the viewer to participate, moving closer to an architectural/natural element travelling across vast space. The artist used a simplified diagramming/mapping, developing different perspectives and drawing with different medium incorporating digitally drawn symbols used as collages. Barth wanted to find a way to introduce a non-specific narrative to abstraction. With the COM panels the artist started to introduce a cinematic timing from panel to panel. Those ideas have been present in Barth’s paintings ever since the early 1990’s.

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2017 FRANCES BARTH NEW PAINTINGS: 2011 - 2017, November 3 - December 17, 2017, Silas von Morisse gallery, New York, NY

Silas von Morisse gallery, New York, NY

About Frances Barth

Frances Barth creates radically abstract paintings that defy categorization and suggest narrative, holding mysteries that never fully resolve. “It’s not an overstatement to say that they suggest new possibilities for what abstract painting can encompass in the first part of the 21st century,” critic Karen Wilkin has written of Barth’s works. At once familiar and uncanny, Barth’s compositions fuse elements of diagrams, maps, models, and charts, their swaths of flat color interrupted by lively lines. “The weight of and association attached to every line is considered in exacting detail,” Barth says. “The idea for the painting is based on the premise that something that was there is no longer there.” For the past decade or so, the artist’s paintings have offered the gradual unfolding of an ambiguous, almost geological narrative; though always abstract, her delicate manipulation of color evokes distinct senses of light and place.

American, b. 1946, New York, The Bronx, NY, United States, based in New Jersey