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?
Near A 226
400 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Oil pastel and soft pastel on paper over panel
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