Dec 7 – Dec 31, 2006
Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, December 7, 2006
PUNCH presents new sculptural work by Howard Barlow. In his
previous work, looking at conflicting stereotypes of small-town
eastern Washington and small-town USA in general, Barlow sought
to incorporate perceived truths, or evidence of actions believed
to be common small town activities, with contrasting culturally-ingrained
notions of idyllic small American towns as safe places to live.
Continuing with complementary and contrasting mediums, Barlow’s
current body of work, Riddled, draws from America’s
gun, entertainment, and safety/protection culture. With combinations
of bullet-marked steel boxes, safety colors, foam earplugs,
hunter-discarded deer parts, and related objects, Barlow’s
paradoxical and peculiar work bridges the gap between amusing
and intimidating. Drawing from the concept of psychic automatism
as implemented by abstract expressionists, especially Jackson
Pollock, Barlow’s bullet-riddled sculptures similarly
exist illusion free, referencing a collective, rather than an
individual, American subconscious.
Howard Barlow lives east of the Cascades in the small rural
town of Thorp where he has converted an old firehouse into a
live/work space. He currently instructs art at both Columbia
Basin College and at Central Washington University.
Hours: Noon-5pm Friday-Sunday, or
Round Three – New Member Exhibition
Game, 2006, steel, foam earplugs, deer legs,
4-square ball, rubber bands, polystyrene foam,
paint, powder-coat finish, 48"x27"x30"