Paintings            GARY BARTEN
Rain Will Come detail 1 - 'Rain Will Come'detail 2 - 'Rain Will Come'Depression Glassdetail 1 - 'Depression Glass'detail 2 - 'Depression Glass'detail 3 - 'Depression Glass'Wolves in the Windowdetail 1 - 'Wolves in the Windowdetail 2 - 'Wolves in the Window'Spring Riverdetail - 'Spring River'Marked Exitdetail 1 - 'Marked Exit'detail 2 - 'Marked Exit'Safe in All Weatherdetail - 'Safe in All Weather'detail 2 - 'Safe in All Weather'detail 3 - 'Safe in All Weather'Measure of Timedetail - Measure of Time'detail 2 - 'Measure of Time'Dewy Draft of FrostPast Summers' Stormsdetail - 'Past Summers' Storms'InvisibilityHeart Ratedetail - 'Heart Rate'Past Presentdetail - "Past Present"detail 2 - "Past Present"Window (Blue)Window (Yellow)Window on the MorningThe Oldest Window in the HouseStorm Window 1detail - "Storm WIndow 1"Night Stormsdetail - "Night Storms"
Storm Windows
New Work
Ink and Acrylic Paintings
Fall 2012

In the 15th century Leon Battista Alberti called paintings 'a window' on the world.

In the 20th century Abstract Expressionists worked against this kind of illusionism and made a concerted effort to reinstate the picture plane as a flat but infinite possibility.

Infinity is frequently juxtaposed to our own mortal limit.

Withour much effort our thoughts can revolve around the possibilities of our mortality.

But imagining the aftermath of death is as difficult as comprehending infinity.

It is like a window that we constantly try to see beyond and yet its frame and its glass barrier remain.

Storm windows are used to reinforce the fragile glass barrier protecting it from nature's onslaught of wind and bad weather.

Our imagination is like the storm window acting for us as that part of our psychological being that suggests a glimpse toward what is beyond us at the same time protecting us from the inevitable.