DAILY, IN A NIMBLE SEA
Opening Reception: Friday, April 21st, 6 – 8 PM
On view through June 3rd, 2017
DAILY, IN A NIMBLE SEA is an anagram of BAILEY ISLAND, MAINE, where a tiny stretch of coastline is incessantly transformed by the interactions of fog, sun, and tides. When the tide goes out, a rocky field of seaweed is revealed. To walk across it is to traverse the ocean floor in the open air. It is a magical place, and for seven summers I have watched my children grow and change against this backdrop. Photographs put up a feeble defense against the passage of time: the still image halts the waves from breaking, only to paradoxically heighten our awareness of their inevitable movement forward.
-Barry Stone, excerpted from DAILY, IN A NIMBLE SEA
DAILY, IN A NIMBLE SEA is Barry Stone’s fourth solo exhibition with Art Palace, as well as the title of his forthcoming monograph. Stone’s practice is built on the multiplicity of photographic images; these malleable realities are produced in duplex. In some images, the camera alone documents distortions of light, scale, color, and time. In others, a process called data-bending shuffles the digital code of the photographs, resulting in gestural anomalies.
The exhibition arranges ten images of a deserted shore, a place of hourly transformation, with one image of his daughter. The cyclical, infinite grandeur of the ocean is cunningly matched against the temporal narrative of past, present and future. DAILY, IN A NIMBLE SEA materializes the idea that fantasy and reality yield to each other in perpetuum.
Barry Stone’s work has most recently been exhibited at GAA Gallery Project Space (Cologne, Germany,) The Lianzhou Photography Festival (Lianzhou, China,) and Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery (New York, NY.) His work has been acquired by esteemed collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Cleveland Clinic, and Fidelity Mutual Corporation Collection. Stone is a founding member of artist collective Lakes Were Rivers and holds a BA in biology and MFA from the University of Texas in Austin. He is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Photography Program at Texas State University’s School of Art and Design. Stone lives in Austin, TX.