Howard Barlow

June 5 - 28, 2014

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, June 5, 2014

Populations get confused when they don’t have a definitive singular enemy. Human societies, it seems, need a unified foe that they can collectively fear. When there is no agreed upon monolithic outsider to be afraid of, individuals within societies tend to be more aggressive towards one another. Gone are the days of the mostly bark, wolf pack society, where posturing and threat alone settled scores and kept the peace. Bark has been replaced by bite, and the unpredictability of who is going to snap or erupt into a violent frenzy is not predictable. The combination of the easy availability of guns, poor public mental health programs with insufficient monitoring, and the prevalence of hyper-violent entertainment in our contemporary society, all on the heels of the cold war thaw, seem to have contributed to a cultural shift veering in the direction of a feral dog social structure. Horrific nonsensical violence committed by “stray dogs” within our own communities is now a reality.

In his current body of work Howard Barlow blends disembodied dog jaws, ambiguous skeletal structures with slumping fleshy bases, glow-in-the-dark powder-coated steel forms with shotgun appendages, and tacky fake dog fur to create a series of armed but peculiarly flaccid sculptures. This work is a continuation of his exploration of the symbiotic relationships of protection, vulnerability, violence, and threat.

Howard was recently promoted to Senior Lecturer at Central Washington University where he was also the recipient of this year’s arts and humanities outstanding non-tenure track teaching award. He received a best of show award from juror Stefano Catalani at Gallery One’s Juried Exhibition in August and has had collaborative works exhibited at both the Bellevue Arts Museum and Frye Art museums last year. He and his wife Lorraine, with whom he often collaborates, are in the midst of moving to an old homestead property West of Ellensburg in the Manastash Creek canyon.

Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Carolyn Hopkins
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Howard Barlow
mixed media, 31"x20"x19", 2014