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Payne Gallery Presents Frances Barth Paintings: "Geological Time"

Barth Painting"Deep time is so alien that we can really only comprehend it as metaphor." Stephen Jay Gould, Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle, Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time (1987).

Payne Gallery is pleased to present new work by the painter Frances Barth. Her works create a geography in which color, shape and pattern visualize a nature invoked by sensibility.

Of her work, Ms Barth says: "Sedimentary structures, dessication, cross-cutting relationships, alternately wet and dry environments, create natural formations and sequences that narrate the story of a place over geological time. It is visually all around us to be seen and apprehended, and is one of the motivating forces in my painting." Barth, who is Senior Painting Critic at Yale University, is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art, among others.

The exhibition consists of twenty-three new and recent works. In the main gallery are the latest works, eight large paintings (seven verticals 8'x4'4" and one horizontal 15"x8') executed by Barth between 1996-1999; and in the upper gallery, fifteen smaller works (14"x15") from 1992-1999.

With this exhibition Payne Gallery inaugurates The Y2K Show, a series of annual exhibitions devoted to contemporary art. An important component of this new program is the studio critique that the exhibiting artist gives to Moravian College's advanced painting students.

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