Darkside of the Rainbow
October 15 through November 12, 2011
Artist Reception – Saturday, October 15 6-8pm
Darkside of the Rainbow, Barry Stone’s first solo show at Art Palace, takes its title from the common practice of playing the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd’s Darkside of the Moon (1973) album synchronously. Just as the superimposition of film and album suggests new associations emerging from the juxtaposition of seemingly incongruous elements, so too do Stone’s groupings of photographs, drawings, collage and paintings.
Stone places a photograph of a rainbow that seems to project from a man’s head at the seaside alongside abstract paintings of imagined dark portals, abstractions from vintage heavy metal music magazines, and digital rainbows created from press photographs. Placed within a fluid architecture-characterized by repeating motifs, contradiction and fantasy-any image grouping may suggest multiple meanings. Stone’s work revels in and lays bare the constructions of our image fantasies; in these works fact and fantasy fold into one another to create hopeful visions and yet offer dire warnings.
Barry Stone has exhibited nationally, at venues including the School of the International Center of Photography, New York; The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York; Ok Ok Gallery, Seattle; Marcia Woods Gallery, Atlanta; Tiny Vice’s, New York, and Arthouse, Austin. His work has been covered in the New York Sun, Art lies, The Photography Post, and Artnet.