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Artist

Name: Eric Barth
Statement: The painter is provided a limited arsenal from which to create. By manipulating color, form and tone, and by contrasting these basic elements, images are brought into being. From within these constraints, one embarks on a progression towards clarity. What may start as a few simple marks on the paper slowly takes the form of something that becomes recognizable. This clarity grows, not just within one painting, but from that painting to the next. When starting on my pictures, I often have no specific destination. Often, I'll reference a photo when beginning work on a new painting. Much like Walter Launt Palmer, who used photographs extensively, I draw details from the photo, but the overall mood comes from elsewhere. Eventually the photograph is put away and the outcome of the painting gradually determines itself. By applying a single area of color, that path can change. The painting's outcome depends equally on what is put down on the paper as what is removed. I will scrape away areas, or often entire paintings. This act of reduction is so liberating- to wipe away all the previous efforts and be reminded again of those first few simple, innocent marks. This act can repeat itself numerous times over the course of a painting, with those reductions becoming more refined. Sometimes that journey from bare surface to final composition takes years. The decision on whether a painting is complete, or as Philip Guston said, When I know I've come out the other side, is one that requires strong consideration- has clarity been found, if even for a brief moment?

Description:

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority today owns the largest contemporary collection of local art in central Ohio. All of the pieces are on display in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and the three Convention Center parking garages. The collection is the result of a communitywide... Read more

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority today owns the largest contemporary collection of local art in central Ohio. All of the pieces are on display in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and the three Convention Center parking garages. The collection is the result of a communitywide call for art, overseen by a committee of community members and implemented by collection curators James and Michael Reese of Reese Brothers Productions. The artists represent the diversity of the Columbus community, cutting across age, gender and race.

Dates

Made: 2016
Installed: 2016

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400 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Franklin County
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Materials

Oil pastel and soft pastel on paper over panel

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