Opening September 2017
Coming Home: Paintings by Barbara Stahl
Barbara (Burnett) Stahl, Buffet, 2015, 48 in X 60 in, Oil on canvas
This will be Art Space Vincennes’ first exhibition of an artist born and raised in this city. We first met Barbara (Burnett) Stahl as a student, when we began teaching in the Art Department at Vincennes University in the late 70’s. As one of our first students, Barbara was memorable; she had a vigor and fluid creativity that made us realize she could go far. And she did. Here is what Indiana State Library Exhibition Chairs Rebecca Shindel and Bethany Fiechter wrote about Barbara in conjunction with her exhibition “Skybridge” which was shown in the Exhibition Hall of the Indiana State Library April 13 – July 12, 2017:
“Born in Vincennes, Indiana, Stahl moved to Indianapolis in 1992 after finishing her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. While earning her BFA in painting from Indiana University in Bloomington, she received an Honors Division Research Grant to study in Florence, Italy. In addition to being an accomplished fine artist, Stahl is also the founder and owner of Stahl Studios Inc., which specializes in commercial and public art, through which she is perhaps best-known for the larger-than-life Indiana Pacers schedule wall near Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Her large-scale mural work always begins with a grid, enabling her to scale the original, smaller mural design to the massive size required for the wall. After many years, the concept of the grid has come to play an important part in her more abstract fine art pieces. For Stahl, this grid represents the connectivity of all matter, including all of us.”
While Stahl does corporate and public artworks, it is her fine art that will be shown at our gallery through the fall months. Her exhibition will include pieces from the Skybridge series, plus large pieces shown at the 924 Gallery in Indianapolis, and smaller pieces being made specifically for the ASV space. The description of her work at the 924 Gallery suggests the depth of her thinking and the range of her visual explorations:
“In her latest body of work, Biocentric Landscapes, Stahl explores the boundaries between the abstract and non-objective, suggesting naturalistic objects such as landscapes, but not fully defining them. Through cross-hatched drip patterns, Stahl symbolizes the cosmic thread, the connectivity that unites all matter in the universe, including us. The thread patterns form grids that weave in and out of the paintings, bringing forth landscapes and other abstracted imagery. Each piece is created in a stream of consciousness process featuring both fine brush strokes and a bold expressive use of color showing her technical and instinctual sides. Stahl’s work is inspired by concepts found in physics and often plays with the golden ratio in size relationships.”
Stahl is one of this year’s recipients of the Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellowships. This summer her painting Consciousness Rising was acquired by the Indiana State Library. The library will be creating an archive of Stahl’s career for the benefit of future researchers.