by day, as we approach the beginning of a new era, we are constantly
reminded of the immutable facts of change and the power of time.
At this particular point in history we are called upon to evaluate
the progress of human kind, assess our common goals, affirm our
personal beliefs, and anticipate the inevitable.
paintings of Barry Gross are
timely indications of our current period of spiritual wonderings
and temporal questioning. Barry paints visions, dreams, and distant
memories, peopled with beautifully articulated figures.
work, which is spatially and iconographically complex, invites the
viewer to solve the riddles of time and place, to attempt to determine
the state of consciousness, and to establish the contextual and
stylistic heritage. His emphasis on the placement of precisely rendered
human forms within mystic landscapes provides the viewer a space
of personal contemplation and reverie.
art historical terms, the early works of Barry
Gross combine the hyperfocus of Surrealism with Renaissance
spirituality and humanism which is then all set to motion with the
dynamism and drama of Baroque. Dali and Fra Angelico join forces
with Bernini. His paintings reveal to the viewer something deeply
felt, yet only vaguely remembered. This dichotomy of reality and
fantasy is matched in other works in which his protagonists are
captured in a never-never land between sleep and awakening, or caught
between the depths of the ocean and the limits of outer space.
current works explore the theme of isolation and loneliness. The
pathos of detachment from those around us strikes a chord all too
familiar in our growing encapsulation of the individual. We are
so often connected electronically, yet separated by technology from
personal, tactile interaction. Barry's works are studies in contrast
between reality and fiction, between traditions present and past,
between this world and the next. They are caught, as are we, in
the reality of the present while we await the unknowns of tomorrow.
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