Thursday, January 16, 2014
Peter Barnitz-New Orleans ART Insider Review of "AMID THE STRIKES"
Peter Barnitz's paintings at Ten Gallery are minimal yet busy. His precisely ordered yet meandering compositions of triangular brush strokes are reminiscent of geodesic dome geometry, only instead of occupying three dimensions, Barnitz creates a sense of space with lighter or darker colors and tones. Comprised of differing shades of charcoal,Reconcilliation reads like a very large and busy star chart, yet the effect is calmly contemplative. Similarly,Moment of Change, left, a deep crimson, charcoal and gray maze, suggests a kind of cryptic code, perhaps some occult secret of the universe rendered as a schematic. A former Loyola basketball team captain turned serious artist, Barnitz distills the meditative, Zen-like side of sports psychology into intricate canvases that inspire visual reveries in the viewer. Like Lovell, he is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Center artist residency, suggesting that JMC has become a serious art incubator indeed. ~Bookhardt
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