Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Paper, shadows and words

 On Sunday I was given a 'leave-pass' from home to visit the Tread Lightly Exhibition in which Fiona is a featured artist.

©2012 Barry Smith - Sunburst Paper Art by Robyn Woodrow (altered)
Paper is a very strong element in the exhibition - especially recycled and reused books. The exhibition is one of the most coherent ones I have seen given the number of artists who contributed. The exhibition is well curated with good lighting. One of the benefits of the lighting is the play of shadows around and in the paper works; and how it highlights the texture and text of the pieces. I captured some of the texture, text and shadows as you can see below. All photos courtesy of the iPhone.

©2012 Barry Smith - Detail of Old Directions by Rosie Miller 
©2012 Barry Smith - Detail of Folded star book by Fiona Dempster
©2012 Barry Smith - Detail of Folded  book by Fiona Dempster
©2012 Barry Smith - Sunburst Paper Art by Robyn Woodrow
©2012 Barry Smith - Sunburst Paper Art by Robyn Woodrow
And I just knew that some of the shots would lend themselves to a little manipulation with the iPhone apps.

©2012 Barry Smith - Detail of Old Directions by Rosie Miller  (altered)
©2012 Barry Smith - Detail of Folded star book by Fiona Dempster (altered - )
©2012 Barry Smith - Detail of Folded book by Fiona Dempster (altered)
©2012 Barry Smith - Sunburst Paper Art by Robyn Woodrow (altered)
©2012 Barry Smith - Sunburst Paper Art by Robyn Woodrow (altered)
I think I can add the stamped words below into this post - there is a connection between words and books? Cutting, stamping and polishing these words is another of those little milestones - I did them yesterday as a person rang to say they wanted words but had some specific requests like beauty, grace and obscure. Anyway these and a bunch of other Inspiration in your pocket words were purchased today.

©2012 Barry Smith - Inspiration in you pocket words
Bit of a mixed post on a cold and wet day on the mountain.

5 comments:

  1. Love these photos Barry - the work of course is wonderful too but I do love whatyou have done with the camera. Makes me want to rung tab my camera and rush right down to the exhibition. Hope I do soon the next couple of days.

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  2. i was first so happy to hear you got got a pass! then really enthralled with the exhibition title - tread lightly... how moving - and as you so astutely point out (because it is easy to take it for granted) lighting is everything with works such as these... your photos of the thoughtfully and carefully made works do them great justice...
    so glad you got to pick up a hammer... and to make concrete, words that are important to our daily lives...

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  3. Barry...great to hear you are out and about....and enjoying the show...what great pieces!! And do love those beautiful stamps words on the metal....wonderful!

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  4. It's a glorious celebration of books AND words.

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  5. Lee Oldford ChurchillJune 29, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Hi Barry, Just catching up on some blog reading and realized you weren't well!I'm glad to see you're getting better!
    Take care,

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Comments are welcomed - it is good to connect with fellow travellers.