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Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth

Frances Barth Studio 

Although Frances Barth’s painting practice may appear minimal at first glance, her formal vocabulary delivers a simple yet complex scheme; incongruent motionless shapes stand in contrast to one another, in dialogue with each other.

 

FRANCES BARTH

Balancing diptych (2 panels), 2021, acrylic on wood panels, 24h x 66w x 1.50d in. (60.96h x 167.64w x 3.81d cm), FB128

 

 

FRANCES BARTH

Balancing diptych (2 panels), 2021, acrylic on wood panels, 24h x 66w x 1.50d in. (60.96h x 167.64w x 3.81d cm), FB128

 

Moreover, the asymmetrical configuration of the shapes suggests ambiguous relationships in the space they occupy.  Barth’s composition presents an intricate visual field that allows figures of minimal agency to stand out.

FRANCES BARTH

It Green, 2020, acrylic on wood panel, 24h x 30w in. (60.96h x 76.20w cm), FB137

FRANCES BARTH

It Green, 2020, acrylic on wood panel, 24h x 30w in. (60.96h x 76.20w cm), FB137

Barth refers to aspects of her work as a combination of comic restraint and purist abstraction. Combining contradictory elements of local color with abstract color, vocabularies of both painting and drawing, disorienting spatial relationships, Barth creates works that are as provocatively ambiguous as they are soothingly beautiful.

Frances Barth Studio View

Frances Barth Studio View

 In her desire to "tell stories without words" Barth implies narratives and geographies in a realm between landscape, mapping and abstraction.

Stack on Pink, 2020, acrylic on wood panel, 24 x 30 in.

Stack on Pink, 2020, acrylic on wood panel, 24 x 30 in.

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FRANCES BARTH, r_y_b_ triptych (3 panels), 2020

FRANCES BARTH

r_y_b_ triptych (3 panels), 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 76w x 1d in
60.96h x 193.04w x 2.54d cm

FB131

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FRANCES BARTH, Balancing diptych (2 panels), 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Balancing diptych (2 panels), 2021

acrylic on wood panels

24h x 66w x 1.50d in
60.96h x 167.64w x 3.81d cm

FB128

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FRANCES BARTH, Pinwheel, 2021
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, Pinwheel, 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Pinwheel, 2021

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 36w in
60.96h x 91.44w cm

FB132

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FRANCES BARTH, Red Ochre, 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Red Ochre, 2021

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 36w x 1.50d in
60.96h x 91.44w x 3.81d cm

FB129

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Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH ,

FRANCES BARTH

Funnel, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB130

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, Stack on Pink, 2020
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, Stack on Pink, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Stack on Pink, 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w x 1d in
60.96h x 76.20w x 2.54d cm

FB133

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FRANCES BARTH ,
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH ,

FRANCES BARTH

facing, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB135

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH ,
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH ,

FRANCES BARTH

Obel, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB136

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, It Green, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

It Green, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB137

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FRANCES BARTH, Left Red Guardian, 2020
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, Left Red Guardian, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Left Red Guardian, 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB134

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, r_y_b_ triptych (3 panels), 2020

FRANCES BARTH

r_y_b_ triptych (3 panels), 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 76w x 1d in
60.96h x 193.04w x 2.54d cm

FB131

FRANCES BARTH, Balancing diptych (2 panels), 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Balancing diptych (2 panels), 2021

acrylic on wood panels

24h x 66w x 1.50d in
60.96h x 167.64w x 3.81d cm

FB128

FRANCES BARTH, Pinwheel, 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Pinwheel, 2021

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 36w in
60.96h x 91.44w cm

FB132

FRANCES BARTH, Red Ochre, 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Red Ochre, 2021

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 36w x 1.50d in
60.96h x 91.44w x 3.81d cm

FB129

FRANCES BARTH ,

FRANCES BARTH

Funnel, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB130

FRANCES BARTH, Stack on Pink, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Stack on Pink, 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w x 1d in
60.96h x 76.20w x 2.54d cm

FB133

FRANCES BARTH ,

FRANCES BARTH

facing, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB135

FRANCES BARTH ,

FRANCES BARTH

Obel, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB136

FRANCES BARTH, It Green, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

It Green, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB137

FRANCES BARTH, Left Red Guardian, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Left Red Guardian, 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB134

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FRANCES BARTH, r_y_b_ triptych (3 panels), 2020
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, r_y_b_ triptych (3 panels), 2020

FRANCES BARTH

r_y_b_ triptych (3 panels), 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 76w x 1d in
60.96h x 193.04w x 2.54d cm

FB131

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, Balancing diptych (2 panels), 2021
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, Balancing diptych (2 panels), 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Balancing diptych (2 panels), 2021

acrylic on wood panels

24h x 66w x 1.50d in
60.96h x 167.64w x 3.81d cm

FB128

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, Red Ochre, 2021
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, Red Ochre, 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Red Ochre, 2021

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 36w x 1.50d in
60.96h x 91.44w x 3.81d cm

FB129

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, Pinwheel, 2021
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, Pinwheel, 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Pinwheel, 2021

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 36w in
60.96h x 91.44w cm

FB132

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, Funnel, 2020
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, Funnel, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Funnel, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB130

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, Stack on Pink, 2020
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, Stack on Pink, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Stack on Pink, 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w x 1d in
60.96h x 76.20w x 2.54d cm

FB133

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, Left Red Guardian, 2020
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, Left Red Guardian, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Left Red Guardian, 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB134

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, Obel, 2020
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, Obel, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Obel, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB136

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, facing, 2020
Frances Barth: In the studio of Frances Barth
FRANCES BARTH, facing, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

facing, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB135

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, It Green, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

It Green, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB137

Inquire
FRANCES BARTH, r_y_b_ triptych (3 panels), 2020

FRANCES BARTH

r_y_b_ triptych (3 panels), 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 76w x 1d in
60.96h x 193.04w x 2.54d cm

FB131

FRANCES BARTH, Balancing diptych (2 panels), 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Balancing diptych (2 panels), 2021

acrylic on wood panels

24h x 66w x 1.50d in
60.96h x 167.64w x 3.81d cm

FB128

FRANCES BARTH, Red Ochre, 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Red Ochre, 2021

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 36w x 1.50d in
60.96h x 91.44w x 3.81d cm

FB129

FRANCES BARTH, Pinwheel, 2021

FRANCES BARTH

Pinwheel, 2021

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 36w in
60.96h x 91.44w cm

FB132

FRANCES BARTH, Funnel, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Funnel, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB130

FRANCES BARTH, Stack on Pink, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Stack on Pink, 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w x 1d in
60.96h x 76.20w x 2.54d cm

FB133

FRANCES BARTH, Left Red Guardian, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Left Red Guardian, 2020

Acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB134

FRANCES BARTH, Obel, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

Obel, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB136

FRANCES BARTH, facing, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

facing, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB135

FRANCES BARTH, It Green, 2020

FRANCES BARTH

It Green, 2020

acrylic on wood panel

24h x 30w in
60.96h x 76.20w cm

FB137

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Frances Barth in her studio, still from the film by Eve Fowler, presented at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF MoMA

Frances Barth in her studio, still from the film by Eve Fowler

presented at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF MoMA

 

Part of No Time to Rest! Film Series

streamed November 11-17, 2020

 

with it which it as it if it is to be, Part II
Eve Fowler, 2019, 31 min.
Single-channel video, color, with mono sound

 

Eve Fowler’s art practice uses photography, painting, and film to explore the power of words and language and the strains of deep cultural biases in gender politics and queerness. In this collaborative film, Fowler makes a series of studio visits with women artists in New York and Los Angeles, capturing each in the midst of their creative process. The gestures and actions of art production, such as shaping clay and pouring paint, are paired with the artists’ reading passages from Gertrude Stein’s 1910 text Many Many Women, including this passage: “Each one is one, there are many of them. Each one is one. Each one is that one the one that one is,” In this documentation, Stein’s language gains new life and power for its self-determination, resistance, and solidarity.