The Commodore Barry, mixed media on panel, Jessica Barber – The Industrial Complex: A Visual Interpretation @ Twenty-Two Gallery.
Flare Up at the Refinery, 4 color lithograph, Jessica Barber – The Industrial Complex: A Visual Interpretation @ Twenty-Two Gallery.
Some Strings Attached, mixed media on panel, Jessica Barber – The Industrial Complex: A Visual Interpretation @ Twenty-Two Gallery.
Investigating the super structure of her surroundings, Jessica Barber has discovered a hidden beauty in the ugly encroachment of the industrial complex we live in. The harsh angles and abrupt interruptions in the landscape are the leaping off points for Barber’s intense paintings and prints. There is no secret that her endeavor for this show was about industriousness whether in her complex lithographs, an artistic technology unto itself, thickly painted industrial landscapes or thoughtful, contemplative figures, the effect is serious yet hopeful insight. Seeing the beauty in the ugly is something we have to live with anyway, Jessica see’s the blight and decides to make something beautiful, deep and lasting for us, capturing the moment when the sun hits the bridge at just the right angle or the soft glow of oily asphalt at sunset. There may be no right answer to the ugliness but Jessica is willing to look hard and see the wonderful patterns, colors and textures inflicted on the industrial landscape and offer answers in the form of art.
Photos by DoN.