Barbara Crawford & Lee Saloutos
September 02, 2010 — September 24, 2010
FELLED BY BLISS: ANTICIPATING MEMORY: BY BARBARA CRAWFORD AND THE SALTON SEA: BY LEE SALOUTOS AT THE PAGE BOND GALLERY, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
Barbara Crawford’s land and sky paintings reveal universal connections; exploring the vastness of the sky - fluidity, romance, freedom, volatility, and faith - her use of color and scale reference human history and our ability to grapple with our place within it. The large color photographs, by Lee Saloutos are from an ongoing project, which documents the ever-changing environment around the Salton Sea in California. From its accidental formation in 1905 to present, this landscape has wavered between environmental disaster and an ecological resource.
These works will be at the Page Bond Gallery, 1625 West Main Street with an opening reception honoring the artists, Friday September 3, from 7 to 9 PM. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday September 25, 2010.
Barbara Crawford references Gaston Bachelard’s, concept of “intimacy in immensity”, discussed in “The Poetics of Space”. This concept claims that we can come to understand an external vastness when it is made intimate. The immense stretch of the sky represents a universal intimacy, a profound something shared by all. “The materiality of the paint gives meaning to the elusive nature of the moment, like clouds themselves or a particular atmospheric effect... The vividness of what is grasped invites contemplation of life’s energies and processes, of transformation and change, of presence and absence, of clear vision and uncertain memory.”
Barbara Crawford received her MFA at Vermont College, MA at James Madison University, and her BS from Oklahoma State University. Crawford has been a professor of Art and Art history at Southern Virginia University since 1979 and most recently, the assistant to the renowned artist, Cy Twombly for his ceiling mural at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Crawford has received numerous awards and has exhibited her work internationally. Her work is included in many private and public collections including Washington and Lee University, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Southern Virginia University, and First National Bank.
Lee Saloutos’ photographs of the Salton Sea describe a serene landscape interrupted with signs of abandoned development. Visually, these large-scale photographs depict immense color fields where sea softly transitions to sky. However, Saloutos contrasts this beauty with evidence of the human interference that illustrates the history of this environment. The Salton Sea was formed 1905 when a failed effort to control the Colorado River resulted in an 18-month redirection of the rivers’ flow into the Salton Sink. Due to the harsh salinity, continued efforts to manage the sea and the shore have resulted in an ever-changing landscape of abandonment.
Lee Saloutos received his BS from the University of Wisconsin. For more than 30 years, Saloutos has specialized in color landscape photography. He has exhibited throughout the United States including, the Art of Photography show in San Diego, at the Griffin Museum in Maine, the Martin Museum of Art in Texas, among others. His photographs can be found in numerous public collections including, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Bureau of Land Management, Capital One, Markel Corporation, and St. Mary’s College.