Carson Barnes
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Artist Statement & Biography
It’s a calling. I make prints from photographs of women of the past. They felt joy, grief, fury, terror, love. Research reveals who they were, what this moment was; some were famous, many anonymous. Most are in cemeteries. My stone muses; I'd photographed live models; now I photograph statues. They don't move when asked, so I must find the vantage that best reveals them. Often several combine for best views, even as sculpture assembles in our minds.

I used to use B&W film, sheet photo litho film, and photosensitive silkscreens; now, wrists ruined, it's digital on the BFK Rives paper I used when hand pulling prints, using everything I ever learned about printmaking, composition, light, texture, and the figure that I can glean from the last 500 years of art history (thanks to Bryn Mawr art history!).

A piece is finished when my breath catches; she's come alive, there’s an illusion of faint motion. I hope you can’t stop looking at them. They deserve remembrance, and celebration.
Carson Barnes, 230 Pomona Rd., Griffin GA 30223
650 207 6762 carson@carsonbarnesart.com

Born 1956, Seaside California; began serigraphy in 1970; b/w photography 1974, photosilkscreen processes in an industrial plant in east Los Angeles in 1975.
BA 1978, fine arts, printmaking, Haverford College, Haverford PA  (art history and printmaking coursework at Bryn Mawr College) under Fritz Janschka, who in turn was taught by Gutersloh of the Vienna Secession.
MFA 1989, printmaking, California College of the Arts, Oakland CA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Running out of room here. 30 or 35 exhibitions from 1982 - 1998, then a long hiatus - my wrists had become useless and arthritic while silkscreen printing five to eight hours daily for decades, and resumed with nine exhibitions so far since 2016 when the new digitally produced work was ready.

By the way, these are not reproductions any more than were the photographs from which I work. There's no original in some other medium. These are it.
Artist StatementIt’s a calling. I make prints from photographs of women of the past. They felt joy, grief, fury, terror, love. Research reveals who they were, what this moment was; some were famous, many anonymous. Most are in cemeteries. My stone muses; I'd photographed live models; now I photograph statues. They don't move when asked, so I must find the vantage that best reveals them. Often several combine for best views, even as sculpture assembles in our minds.

I used to use B&W film, sheet photo litho film, and photosensitive silkscreens; now, wrists ruined, it's digital on the BFK Rives paper I used when hand pulling prints, using everything I ever learned about printmaking, composition, light, texture, and the figure that I can glean from the last 500 years of art history (thanks to Bryn Mawr art history!).

A piece is finished when my breath catches; she's come alive, there’s an illusion of faint motion. I hope you can’t stop looking at them. They deserve remembrance, and celebration.
Artist BiographyCarson Barnes, 230 Pomona Rd., Griffin GA 30223
650 207 6762 carson@carsonbarnesart.com

Born 1956, Seaside California; began serigraphy in 1970; b/w photography 1974, photosilkscreen processes in an industrial plant in east Los Angeles in 1975.
BA 1978, fine arts, printmaking, Haverford College, Haverford PA  (art history and printmaking coursework at Bryn Mawr College) under Fritz Janschka, who in turn was taught by Gutersloh of the Vienna Secession.
MFA 1989, printmaking, California College of the Arts, Oakland CA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Running out of room here. 30 or 35 exhibitions from 1982 - 1998, then a long hiatus - my wrists had become useless and arthritic while silkscreen printing five to eight hours daily for decades, and resumed with nine exhibitions so far since 2016 when the new digitally produced work was ready.

By the way, these are not reproductions any more than were the photographs from which I work. There's no original in some other medium. These are it.
Education
Haverford College|Graduated
California College of the Arts|Graduated
What I Love Doing
This work. It's a calling as mentioned previously.

I also walk in forests, cook, and grow orchids.
What I Find Beautiful
My wife especially, women generally, and flowers; those are the first things that come to mind.
My Favorite Memory
Fooling around with acrylic paints at 8 years old, I realized that to make it look THIS way I had to make the paint go THAT way. Ohhhh.
My Favorite Art Style
The paintings of Van Dyck, Caravaggio, Cassatt, Siqueiros, Monet, Sisley, Sargent; photographs of Ruth Bernhard, Jock Sturges, William Ropp; Bernini for baroque sculpture; Rodin for expressionist sculpture.
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