Howard & Lorraine Barlow

May 6 - 29, 2010

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, May 6, 2010

Artists will be in attendance the first and last weekend of the exhibition.

PUNCH Gallery presents new work by Lorraine and Howard Barlow. In this partially collaborative two-person exhibition, themes of masculine and feminine protective and defensive instincts are explored. Using rabbits as a metaphor for women, Lorraine plays up notions of helplessness, frailty, and overprotection by combining hand-knit wool and vulnerable ceramic pieces. She also portrays a false sense of security through her watercolor-and-ink pieces, observing how there is no absolute protection, regardless of precautions taken. Her work is juxtaposed with Howard's examination of contradictions that arise when danger and threat result from attempts at safety and protection, or when the object of safety is dangerous itself, as in the case of armament backed by machismo. Howard combines antlers and their symbolic implications of male sexual competition and trophy gathering with hand-knit wool coverings knit by Lorraine and vintage military rifle stocks.

Lorraine is a high school English and reading teacher at Wahluke High School in Mattawa, Washington, and Howard is a visiting assistant professor of sculpture at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.

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Next Exhibition:

Justin Gibbens
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Howard Barlow
oak, lead, steel, paint, 2010

Lorraine Barlow
watercolor on paper, 8"x10", 2010