exhibitions

Barbara Bloom. the weather

dec 3, 2015 - feb 27, 2016
via a. stradella 7
Galleria Raffaella Cortese is pleased to present a third solo show by Barbara Bloom. The exhibition will involve two of the three gallery spaces simultaneously, with artworks conceived and realized expressively for the show and its venues.
 
Absence and its depiction has been, for nearly 40 years, an ongoing theme of exploration in the work of Barbara Bloom. Fingerprints, lipstick traces, watermarks, tea stains, footprints, invisible texts, erasures, cross-outs, Braille, and ellipses... are her favored forms and objects. These flirtations between visibility and invisibility have been frequent presences in her work. Another equally strong aspect of Barbara Bloom’s work has been its relationship to literature. She uses books and texts from favorite authors as carriers of meaning, and often suggests implied narratives. Bloom has often said that she was meant to be a writer, probably a novelist, but somehow ended up standing in the wrong line (and inadvertently “signed up” to be a visual artist).
The Literary and the Absent come together in the exhibition “The Weather.”
 
In space n. 7 hovering in varying heights above the floor are 7 carpets, each in a subtle shade of gray-greenblue reminiscent of clouds and sky. The carpets have raised-dot patterns forming texts in Braille. It seemed to Bloom that the texts should be descriptive ones, as this would accentuate the complexity and melancholy in “reading” the work. A blind person would not be able to see what was being described, and a sighted person cannot read the Braille.
For the texts Bloom settled on descriptions of the weather, as weather is something we all can imagine. And there is a vast variety in styles of description of the weather. The Braille texts are indeed a wide range of descriptions of the weather by Raymond Chandler, Andre Gide, James Joyce, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cormac McCarthy, Haruki Murakami and the weather statistics of Los Angeles on July 11, 1951 at 2:00am (the place and the date of birth of the artist).