I'm really looking forward to this show - I've been a fan of Barbara's work for some time, and I think we're both coming up with work that's surprising us with it's new directions. I'm posting a few in-progress images below as tasters, but please come to the show to see where it all ends up. FB event page here.
“We live in a time not of mainstream
but of many streams, or even,
if you insist upon a river of time,
Then we have come to delta,
maybe even beyond delta to an ocean
which is going back to the skies.”
KPFA Radio, 1992
Barbara Holmes and Martin Webb are both gatherers and gleaners who collect images, materials, and thoughts, as they wander near and far from home. In her West Oakland neighborhood and nearby Shoreline Park, Holmes monitors and collects discarded objects, and watches the slow transformation of a landscape in rehabilitation while being tucked within one of the nations largest ports. Martin Webb captures images on night walks in his neighborhood and on road trips, looking for the common and the contrasting vernacular of both wild and urban landscapes.
Whether on foot or on the road, Holmes and Webb seek out new ways of seeing their everyday/familiar environments and absorbing new or novel places. In their studios, both artists work with this garnered source material in an open-ended, intuitive way to produce paintings, prints, and objects that are simple in form yet speak to complex relationships of materials and decay, culture and nature.
Many Streams: Barbara Holmes and Martin Webb (June 6th-July 12th, 2015)
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6th 6-9pm
Artist Talk and Closing Tea with Barbara and Martin:
Sunday, July 12th 3-6pm (talk starts at 4pm)