peter barrett at ingalls
Post #712 • January 19, 2006, 10:46 AM • 8 Comments
As I mentioned previously, Peter Barrett and I were classmates at the European Honors Program at RISD, and I note with interest how an underlying Renaissance aesthetic has influenced our paths differently. I developed a love of neutral colors and figuration, while he picked up a Trecento meticulousness and a reverent attitude towards form-making that he now applies to geometric abstraction. He paints on sculpted wood surfaces in patterns of flat colors, carefully adjusted from one area to the next, in a manner recalling Op Art, psychedelic posters, and religious mandalas. They have a simultaneously disconcerting and charming effect, as if blobs of psychic matter had oozed out of someone's head and had become the raw material of a late-1960's furniture designer. A wheel of interlocking, routered maze pathways, painted in subtly modulated grays, dominated the room.