January 12th Exhibition
Opening February 12th, Opening Reception 6-9pm,
On View through March 6th, 2016
Megan Barron and Ron Barron explore the overlooked, the marginalized, and the magical. While their work is visually discrete, what connects them is a profound exploration of what is present in our daily environment and what connects us to macro and micro worlds that we do not notice frequently. They sharpen our focus and show us other miraculous realities.
Megan Barron's work explores obsolescence, human invention, dominant culturalism, and the passage of time. Her paintings and drawings depict components of analogue systems that are physical extensions of the mind and attest both to the resourcefulness and temporality of past & present eras of civilization. A crumpled Airstream is juxtaposed with seemingly ancient gears that could not possibly be functional in the twenty-first century--or are they? A decaying hotel sign's sole extant imagery, a rendering of three pine trees, unintentionally references the woodlands the now-absent building once replaced. These works comment on the accelerated reliance on digital solutions that is occurring simultaneously with a resurgence of & appreciation for craftsmanship in Western society.
Ron Barron's work is inspired by his childhood summer vacations spent at Lake Erie, mostly underwater. At night, when falling asleep, he was lulled by the rhythms of endless waves. As an adult, Barron swam in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Ionian Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, always comfortable in the element of his origin. Today, he floats in the strong tidal currents of Peconic Bay on Long Island, still mesmerized by the fact that everything in the universe is adrift—galaxies, planets, continents, and even detritus that washes up on beaches, which is the inspiration for the "Adrift" series. For years, mysterious drifting shapes have formed in Barron's imagination—patterns of the visible and the invisible, the factual and the speculative. They relate to the vast, incomprehensible galaxy-filled universe and the subatomic realm of theoretical physics. This series numbers more than three hundred digital scanned collages of images of stopped time: glimpses into the metamorphoses of matter drifting in an eternal stream.
Megan Barron's work has appeared in The New York Times, View Magazine, and The New York Observer, as well as in Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs (Scalo) and 1,000 Artist Journal Pages (Quarry). A limited-edition book of her sketches and paintings, entitled Expedition Catalogue, was released in 2014. She has had solo exhibitions at The South Street Gallery and Floyd Memorial Library. Her work has also been shown at The New-York Historical Society, Benton-Nyce Gallery, Castello Borghese Gallery, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. She lives in New York City.
After receiving a B.F.A. in painting from Carnegie Mellon University, Ron Barron became a professional dancer, a high school English teacher, a television director, a public television executive, an inner-city public school administrator, a personal manager in the music business in Los Angeles, a manager/record producer and a concert producer in Manhattan, and finally, a full-time artist in 2009. He has since built a body of 2,000 works: paintings, drawings, and scanned digital collages. Barron has shown at the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, the Nizhny Tagil Museum in Russia, Manifest Gallery in Ohio, and the South Street Gallery in Greenport, NY. He lives in Ohio and Greenport, NY.