Monthly Archives: February 2005

Frank Barnett & David Vala

Frank Barnett, Photography Retrospective
David Vala, Mixed Media Sculpture
February 24-March 29
Reception:  Thursday, Feb 24, 6-9 pm

       Frank Barnett has been capturing dramatic photographic images for nearly half a century. Preferring to work in black and white, this award-winning photographer utilizes light and
shadow with an exceptional degree of mastery.
His images speak to us and resonate in our thoughts because of their emotional impact, yet allow us to form our own story about each photograph. Often sensuous, often haunting, Barnett’ work is a reflection of the access he has gained to places normally denied the public – from the danger
packed rodeo arena, to one of America’ most notorious prisons, to the deathbed vigils of a
hospice – his images pull you in to examine life through new eyes.       

“Hampton Rodriguez, 2005
Alberta Street’s Dominican artists”  photograph
      David Vala’ small-scale sculptural houses draw their inspiration from the past, but use contemporary shapes and forms to express his personal and spiritual journey.  Ritual clay architechal models have been found in many cultures and tombs.  Vala’ sculptures were created as artifacts that tell a story through layers of the past and a patina of use.  To enhance their age, some have been rubbed with mineral pigments and pit fired in the earth.  Others have had several layers of finishes applied.  Smaller artifacts, oars and masks have been handcrafted and added to a piece.   An accompanying poem is added to explore each ones story.

   “Go Ba Ta”  Mixed media sculpture