Moorings

Featuring:

Moorings

featuring: Heather Barros and Larry Mitnick
This show runs from May 5, 2022 until June 5, 2022
Opening Reception with Larry Mitnick: Saturday, May 7, 1-4 pm
Closing Reception with Heather Barros: Saturday, June 4, 1-4 pm


Moorings

The exhibition "Moorings," featuring recent paintings by Heather Barros and Larry Mitnick, addresses connectedness on several levels. Both artists use lines to visually tie a set of abstract shapes to something else. These imagined shapes are buoyant; fast lines secure them. Barros' elements may be anchored to an unseen ground, while Mitnick's shapes are often bound to companion travelers. Movement is implied even if the motion is constrained, so the paintings suggest a tethered kinesis.

One can easily see how Larry Mitnick's new paintings build upon his previous work. Floating, geometric shapes are layered upon one another. His translucent application of color likens acrylic paint to paper collage. His forms are painstakingly precise, both in geometry as well as in placement, yet his compositions are not contrived. They retain the crucial, subtle suggestion of randomness. That is their life's breath. "I avoid centers," he says, regarding that randomness. "I like to use the edges of my compositions to suggest multiple points of focus, both near and far." And, in this show, taught, horizontal lines attach one grouping of shapes to another.

For Heather Barros, abstract "Moorings" are a departure from her representational paintings. She is a master of oil and pastel landscapes, often glowing with atmospheric light, depicting settings a viewer can easily enter. Five of her paintings in this show are a foray into the world of abstraction. In these, she too paints imagined geometric shapes. The shapes are layered upon one another, like Mitnick's, but her use of color differs. Her colors are sensitive to context. Behind her abstractions are atmospheric skies. The nuanced colors of her floating shapes reflect the colors of their respective settings. Tying these abstract shapes to Mitnick's, and the theme of the show, is a thin, barely visible line stretching from her shapes to an implied, sometimes off-canvas ground. Unlike Mitnick's, her shapes flex and her mooring lines bow. It is easy to see Barros' abstractions as a quasi-realistic depiction of kites dancing in the wind.

Specifically for this show, these two artists 'moored' themselves to each other. Each was inspired by, and borrowed something from, the other's work. Just as Heather Barros 'lifted' Larry Mitnick's abstractions, Larry Mitnick 'borrowed' Heather Barros' atmospheric backgrounds. In his own way, the tonal gradations behind Mitnick's abstractions are suggestive of the enveloping settings Barros is best known for.

"Moorings" casts many lines, including those that connect these two artists.

These are a few of the pieces that will be on display:
Heather Barros
"Kite 5"
Larry Mitnick
"Coastal Condition"
Larry Mitnick
"Dockside"
Heather Barros
"Kite 2"
Heather Barros
"Kite 3"
Larry Mitnick
"Marina"
Larry Mitnick
"Moorings"
Heather Barros
"Kite 4"