Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 6-8 pm
“It’s not down on any map; true places never are.” —Herman Melville
DRISCOLL BABCOCK GALLERIES presents Locus, by Harriet Bart, a solo, mixed-media exhibition that transforms the gallery setting into an alchemic site for exploring the difference between space and place.
A renowned conceptual artist, Bart identifies her tools as the “narrative power of objects, the theatre of installation, and the intimacy of the artist’s book.”
In Locus, bronze, coal, and found objects form imprints of memory and choreographed geographies. Manifesting in plumb bobs, vessels and deconstructed letters, Bart’s open investigation of place is simultaneously poetic, philosophical and architectural in nature.
“We are restive beings,” says Bart “often displaced by natural or human disasters.” Whether rebuilding after a hurricane or emigrating to a new country, “we long for a personal place of protection and meaning.”
GENII LOCI seeks this protective spirit through a congregation of hanging magnifying glasses inscribed with fragments of text. From initial question, through research and final realization, the written word--its physical mark and its cultural meaning--permeates Bart’s work in unexpected ways. In visual poems of presence and absence, WITHOUT WORDS speaks through erasure, and while AUTOBIOGRAPHY includes scraps of manuscripts, its narrative is delivered by the collection of test tubes and their contents. The result is at once personal and archetypal.
Harriet Bart lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. Her work is represented in major public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN. Bart has had solo exhibitions at prominent museums such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum, Saint Louis, MO; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN: Brunnier Museum, Ames, IA; and the Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN. Her work has shown worldwide in group exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; The Jewish Museum, New York; Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM; CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China; and Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany. A recipient of numerous fellowships and two Minnesota Book Awards, Bart is also a guest lecturer, curator, and founding member of W.A.R.M. Gallery and the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Arts in Minneapolis, MN.
ABOUT DRISCOLL BABCOCK GALLERIES
Driscoll Babcock Galleries, founded in 1852, is the oldest gallery in New York City, and the nation’s oldest gallery which from its inception has focused on American art. During the tenure of current president Dr. John Driscoll, the gallery has helped to secure numerous prized works for major private collectors and museums across the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, all in Washington, D.C.; The Cleveland Museum; The Detroit Institute of Arts; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina; Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville Arkansas; The Kemper in Kansas City; The Museum of Fine Arts-Houston and dozens of other museums.
For additional information visit the Driscoll Babcock Galleries website.