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Barbara Sternberger
Invisible Presence
Paintings

April 7 - April 30, 2016

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Invisible Presence features Barbara Sternberger’s continued meditations on color and the experience of presentness. Following a radical shift in her process in 2012, when she began to create her own paints from scratch, the subject of color in Sternberger’s recent works has been liberated from the quantifiable into a tactile, unmediated experience for both artist and viewer. Her handheld blocks of paint have since allowed her to act both additively (creating layers of pigment) and subtractively (scraping large amounts of pigment off of canvas). Sternberger likens this process to breathing, with the flow and energy exchange between artist and canvas evident in her mark making and color handling. This energy exchange has produced her most minimalist works to date, with muted colors adeptly expressing multifaceted qualities of space and points of color.


Barbara Sternberger received her M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine. She lives in Bellingham, Washington and is a part time lecturer and painting instructor at Western Washington University. Her recent solo exhibitions include Inner Passage at Linda Hodges Gallery (Seattle, 2015), Confluence at Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, 2013), Musing at Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, 2010), and Evidence (2008) at Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions including Curator's Perspective (Whatcom Museum of Art, 2015), Elles (Seattle Art Museum Gallery, 2012), and Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880 - 2010 (Whatcom Museum of Art, 2010).

 



Exhibition Images

Sojourning
Sojourning
oil on canvas
2014
52.5 x 64.5 inches

 
 

Frank's Beach
oil on canvas
2015
48 x 60 inches

 
 

Absence, Presence
oil on canvas
2015
40 x 36 inches

 
 

Defining
oil on canvas
2015
54.5 x 66 inches

 
 
Up
Up
oil on Arches oil paper
2014
20 x 20 inches

 
 

Invisible Presence
oil on linen
2015
25.5 x 28.5 inches

 
 

Becoming
oil on canvas
2015
48 x 51.5 inches

 
 
Residing
Residing
oil on linen
2015
58.5 x 69 inches

 
 

Appear
oil on canvas
2015
30 x 36.5 inches

 
 
Intervening
Intervening
oil on canvas
2014
54.5 x 65 inches

 
 

Leaving
oil on linen
2015
40 x 36 inches

 
 

Interval
oil on Arches oil paper
2015
20 x 20 inches

 
 

Tangent
oil on canvas
2015
20 x 20 inches

 
 

Again
oil on Arches oil paper
2015
20 x 20 inches

 
 

Inherent
oil on linen
2014
20 x 20 inches

 
 

Still
oil on Arches oil paper
2015
20 x 20 inches

 
 
Asserting
Asserting
oil on Arches oil paper
2015
20 x 20 inches

 
 
Tantra
Tantra
oil on linen
2015
30.5 x 32.5 inches

 
 

Yet
oil on linen
2015
32.25 x 30.25 inches

 
 

Division
oil on canvas
2014
19.75 x 30 inches

 
 

 
 

 

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