Paintings            GARY BARTEN
RANGe
1998
acrylic on paper
17" x 13"
RANGe

Vibrations that cause sound waves to emerge like ripples from raindrops on water move outward from the rim and cup of a bell. While they may be plotted in linear measurement these waves rise and fall like sails or like the sheets we lay gently on a bed. Our ears, with their fine bones, and tiny hairs at the end of aural nerves, do not grasp the true range of bell sound which can expand almost indefinitely into the universe with ever diminishing subtlety. The bell rings out beyond us and our senses, nearly silent, but still moving ever outward, its waves crossing like the flights of birds in our skies. Finally, just the motion of its faint energy passes among the stars.
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