undercurrent
kathy barber

26 August - 13 September 2014

Kathy Barber's paintings develop out of landscape, language, thoughts and emotions. In Undercurrent, we see a return to tonal blocks of colour, reminiscent of water, sky and the timeworn rock of a harsh climate, where the conversations are painted away, like light breaking through the canvas. Barber describes the edginess of these works as “an undercurrent where storms and rifts exist in the pursuit of halcyon days”.
 
Barber entwines an abstract set of gestural marks with calligraphic letterforms to create representations of thoughts, forming entangled structures that are curling and complex, delicate and dense. Thoughts, these works suggest, are like intricate knots, their logic fine but elusive. For Barber, there is something comforting in the repetitive process of ‘writing’ over and over; forgetting less about what is being written, and getting lost in the process of doing.
 
Born in Palmerston North in 1965, Kathy Barber now lives and works in Auckland. She has regularly exhibited in New Zealand and Australia since 2000, and is represented in private collections throughout New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne and London.

Shadow, 2014. Acrylic and oil on linen. 1400 x 1100mm

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Float, 2014. Acrylic and oil on linen. 1100 x 1000mm

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Flume, 2014. Acrylic and oil on linen. 1400 x 1100mm

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Halcyon, 2014. Acrylic and oil on linen. 1220 x 1110mm

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Momento, 2014. Acrylic and oil on linen. 1110 x 1000mm

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Exhale, 2014. Acrylic and oil on linen. 1000 x 1000mm

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Sleepsong, 2014. Acrylic and oil on linen. 1400 x 1100mm

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Rift, 2014. Acrylic and oil on linen. 750 x 1000mm

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Storm, 2014. Acrylic and oil on linen. 750 x 1000mm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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