Monday, March 30, 2009

Barbaccia and others at Delaplaine

Joseph Barbaccia's "Resonance" opens Saturday, April 4th at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center's Side Gallery in Frederick, Maryland. The show goes through May 17, 2009.

Blame by Joseph BarbacciaIncluded are 12 mixed media sculptures created by Joseph Barbaccia, supported by a portrait of the artist holding one of his works by painter Margaret Dowell. Barbaccia and Dowell set an artistic mirror up to the creative personality by reflecting and revealing the artist through their own work, as well as through another artist’s eyes.

At the Center's Kline Gallery, don't miss Linda Plaisted's "The Arborist: Roots, Resilience and Rebirth" (through April 26). Plaisted "layers her original photographs of the trees of Frederick County with textures from her paintings and collected ephemera. The result is a painterly series of work that share a lucid quality illustrating the natural cycle of birth, growth, death and rebirth."

And at the Gardiner Gallery you must also see "States of Mind" by Diane Santarella (through April 26). This series of paintings explores "the graphic, visual experience of meditation, migraines, dreamscapes, and the organization of mental minutiae. Santerella works in mixed media on paper and canvas with a distinct mark that recalls Zen calligraphy and graffiti. The resulting paintings are quiet, complex and subtly challenging."

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
40 South Carroll Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701


The Right Reverend James W. Bailey said...

I admire a woman that can handle a large caliber revolver.

However, too many male firearms dealers habitually recommend to their female customers that they purchase a revolver, rather than a semi-automatic weapon. The thought being among some men that women who are inexperienced with firearms on average have a more difficult time operating a more complex semi-automatic handgun as opposed to a revolver.

Of course, any man, or woman, that has served in the military knows what bunk that line of thought is.

Joseph's pictured piece is terrific.

I'm curious if he has any thoughts to offer concerning his choice to depict a woman's hand blended into a revolver, as opposed to a semi-automatic handgun.

Also, did Joseph create this piece before or after the recent murder/assault in the Lansdowne community in Loudoun County? I ask because I believe Jospeh lives in Loudoun County. I'm hearing from some of my NRA friends/gun dealers in Loudoun County that there has been a dramatic increase in firearms sales to women since these crimes were committed last week. Most of these women are reportedly buying revolvers.

Joseph Barbaccia said...

Thanks for the props, Reverend.

The piece is 2 years old.

I made sure my 2 daughters were trained to take apart and put back together both a 9 mm semi automatic and a 45 revolver. We also had target practice.

The choice of a woman's hand was 2 fold. One was color. The other was that I wanted more of a severe juxtaposition between the male pistol/pestle and the female hand.