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Zaring Exhibits New Work in Taos - Barbara Zaring

Posted Jul 7, 2017

Taos artist Barbara Zaring exhibits new work at Total Arts Gallery on Kit Carson Road. The gallery has paired Barbara's work with that of Santa Fe artist Hiroshi Murata for a month-long exhibition.

All Zaring's works were made in the past year – chine collés and oils on canvas that explore the artist's inner and outer worlds.

  

Barbara Zaring: "My work deals with memory, history and the duality of contemporary life. I construct new worlds using one of the oldest and most traditional of media, oil paint on canvas. Architectonic by nature, my psyche always travels with a map. In waking life these maps are constructed as paintings and reveal my interest in opposing paradigms- light and dark, clear and opaque, interior and exterior. The glassy surface developed by many layers of translucent paint reveals some of the history and overlapping of ideas that occur in the making of a piece of art over a very long time.  Initially ambiguous, the images and concurring emotions reveal themselves like photographs developing in an acid bath. They are derived from the interior space created through decades of meditation practice and dream work. There is always a connection to the chance and change of nature in my beloved New Mexico. Yet, within areas of rawness and perhaps hidden eroticism, there is always light escaping."

Hiroshi Murata was educated at Rhode Island School of Design, BFA 1964, and Yale University School of Art and Architecture, MFA 1966. His work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Japan, and is represented in many public and private collections. His commissioned works include Paintings, Theater Curtians, Terrazzo Mosaic, Tile Murals, Marquetry Murals, and Metal Relief. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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