Wednesday, March 11, 2009
"BEST BODY OF WORK"
T Barny was awarded the "Best Body of Work" at the all sculpture showcase exhibit at the Plaza Arts Center in Healdsburg, California. The show, "Chiselers", will continue through March 23, 2009. The gallery is located at 130 Plaza Street. Hours: 11am-5pm daily.
The showcase features 9 sculptors including myself. I decided to represent a variety of stone choices, as well as, my different styles and designs. I brought in 13 different pieces. They include the fossil series, my mobius design and curvilinear pieces. The pieces are carved from French Sandstone, Mexican Fluorite, Turkish Marble, Utah Calcite, Monterey Marble and Bardiglio Marble. Also, in the collection is a wood piece created from Walnut and a 5 bronzes. The piece pictured here is titled KOAN. By definition, Koan means 'Paradoxical Anecdote'. It measures 12"H x 11"W x 6"L. The price is $3900. I chose to complement Koan with a glass base. It works with the color and sets it apart from the typical black bases.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
- First piece created in 2009.
- Sculpted from a block of Italian Alabaster.
- Finished piece weighs 40 lbs.
- Title definition means 'Tranquility'.
- It measures 18"H x 14"W x 10"L.
- Created with a specific exhibition in mind.
The curators, Warren Arnold and Clark Mitchel, stressed that they wanted 3 pieces per artist that they feel really defined their body of work. I exhibited this mobius, a superellipsoid piece of Utah Calcite and a curvilinear piece of Bardiglio Marble. The show was a great success. The mobius piece was scheduled to be part of the installation I just set up today called "Chiselers" at the Plaza Arts Center in Healdsburg, CA but the piece just sold. The "Chiselers" exhibit does include 13 of my pieces including the new Mexican Fluorite piece titled "Koan". Join me for the reception on Friday, February 27 at 130 Plaza Street in Healdsburg between 5-7pm. www.plazaartscenter.org You can see more of my work at tbarny.com.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I began carving this rare stone about 8 years ago but never had the opportunity to totally immerse myself in it. In 2008, here at the T Barny Gallery & Sculpture Gardens, we had a Collector's Event which featured commissioned and new works carved only from Calcite. The sculptures in the gallery glowed as the glass walls soaked in the sunset.
The discovery of the stone came about completely by accident. A group of miners were working at a site in eastern Utah. They had been removing topsoil and were preparing to leave for the day when they noticed a pile of overburden glowing the the afternoon sun. The sunlight refracted through the crystals causing the stone to "glow". The group, quite taken with this phenomenon, removed samples of the stone to have it tested and classified. It was a new form of calcite. It differs from the other 700 forms of calcite because of its strength, stability, luminous qualities and color. The color ranges from a soft, sunshine yellow to a deep honey amber depending upon the thickness of the stone.
Calcite tends to capture the attention of galleries, collectors and art lovers who look for statement pieces that have unique visual appeal. See my new work at www.tbarny.com.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
CATENAX, defined as a ‘Large Chain of Connected Ideas’, began its existence as the ‘Commemorative Piece’ celebrating T Barny’s 25th year of being a professional sculptor. The piece was sculpted of Italian Alabaster and it was chosen by the artist to represent the celebration of his ‘One Quarter Century of Creative Excellence’ in 2006. The piece was cast in two tabletop size editions; one of cast stone and one of bronze. These pieces measure 11 in.x 9 in.x 6 in. and are both editions of 25. During the casting of this piece the original didn’t survive the process and therefore no longer exists. The piece was scanned to the heroic size of 41 in.x 41 in.x 31 in. and mounts atop a pedestal measuring 36”H x 24” diameter. CATENAX is cast in bronze with a jade patina in an edition of 25 that was just released in 2008.
“My forty year fascination with the mobius; the simple original strip introduced to me in the third grade, has led me to what I continue to carve out of stone today” explains the artist. A T Barny mobius still has one side and one edge but is three-dimensional and travels through itself on continuous intertwined loops.
“This is my expression of non-duality; my statement of oneness, creating an interrelated continuousness. We are all connected: to each other, to the earth and to the universe around us” states T Barny.