Barnaby Furnas

January 26 – March 9, 2006

 

Bear, 12/9/05

Dispersed pigment in urethane and ink on calf skin

27 ½ x 18 ½ inches

 

Surrender Scene, 1/06/05

Watercolor and ink on paper

12 ¾ x 19 ¼ inches

 

Interrogation Scene, 1/06/05                          

Watercolor and ink on paper

12 ¾ x 19 1/8 inches

 

Blood Bath, 1/06/05                                           

Watercolor and ink on paper

12 ¾ x 19 inches

 

Antietam, 1/06/05

Watercolor and ink on paper

12 7/8 x 19 ¼ inches

 

Flood, 1/06/05

Watercolor and ink on paper

12 ¾ x 19 ¼ inches

 

Untitled (cross), 1/06/05

Dispersed pigment in urethane, watercolor, and ink on paper

19 1/8 x 12 ¾ inches

 

Dead Red II, 11/28/05

Dispersed pigment in urethane and ink on still born calf skin

27 ½ x 32 inches

 

Untitled (sprinkler), 12/22/05

Dispersed pigment in urethane and ink on linen

30 x 24 inches

 

Dead Red I, 11/27/05

Dispersed pigment in urethane and ink on bald calf skin

22 x 34 ½ inches

 

Bad Back, 12/5/05

Dispersed pigment in urethane and ink on calf skin

26 ½ x 19 inches

 

Untitled (drinker), 12/22/05

Dispersed pigment in urethane and ink on linen

29 7/8 x 24 inches

Press Release

 

Anthony Meier Fine Arts is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by New York artist Barnaby Furnas.  Exhibiting at the gallery for the first time, Furnas’ paintings cleverly combine imagery depicting violence, destruction and spilt blood, revealing the mayhem and madness of conflict and war, with an aesthetic influenced by recent cinematic special effects and video game animation.

 

Furnas paints archetypal themes – love, death, war – that are grounded in the present but deeply aware of history.  A frequent subject, and the center of this exhibition, is the Civil War.

 

Furnas walks the line between subject and painting, testing the limits of what painting can do in terms of depiction.  Getting the viewer to feel as close to the painting as Furnas does when making it is paramount.  Conversely, getting the painting to breathe as the viewer does when looking is also essential to this delicate balance. 

 

Further to his goal, in this exhibition, Furnas debuts a group of paintings on stretched calfskin.  A life surface, one that responds to temperature and environment, the skin bears the markings of the body that once inhabited it.  This work speaks to the blood and violence depicted on its surface; it is also a reminder to look beyond the top layer in Furnas’ work.  There is meat on the bone.