Joint exhibition “Moorings” at the Galerie des Artistes de Lambertville

“MARINA”: This painting by Larry Mitnick is part of “Moorings”, his joint exhibition with Heather Barros, presented from May 5 to June 5 at the Lambertville artists’ gallery. An artist reception with Mitnick will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m.

“Moorings”, featuring recent paintings by Heather Barros and Larry Mitnick, addresses connectivity on many levels. In the exhibition, on view from May 5 to June 5 at the Galerie des artistes in Lambertville, the two artists use lines to visually link a set of abstract shapes to something else. These imagined forms are floating; fast lines secure them. Barros’ elements can be anchored to unseen ground, while Mitnick’s forms are often tied to fellow travelers. Movement is implicit even if constrained, so the paintings suggest attached kinesis.

Mitnick’s new paintings build on his previous work. Floating geometric shapes overlap. Her translucent application of color likens acrylic paint to collage on paper. His forms are painstakingly precise, both in geometry and placement, but his compositions are not contrived. They retain the crucial and subtle suggestion of chance. It is their vital breath. “I avoid centers,” he said of that randomness. “I like to use the edges of my compositions to suggest multiple points of focus, both near and far.” And, in this show, taught, horizontal lines attach one grouping of shapes to another.

“KITE 3”: This work by Heather Barros is presented in “Moorings”, her joint exhibition with Larrt Mitnick, presented from May 5 to June 5 at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville. An artists’ reception with Barros will take place on Saturday, June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.

For Barros, the abstract “moorings” deviate from his figurative paintings. She is a master of oil and pastel landscapes, often glowing with atmospheric light, depicting settings that a viewer can easily enter. Five of his paintings in this exhibition are a foray into the world of abstraction. In these, she too paints imaginary geometric shapes. The shapes are layered, like Mitnick’s, but his use of color differs. Its colors are context sensitive. Behind his abstractions hide atmospheric skies. The nuanced colors of its floating forms reflect the colors of their respective decors. Connecting these abstract forms to those of Mitnick and the theme of the show, there is a thin, barely visible line that extends from her forms to an implied, sometimes off-canvas ground. Unlike Mitnick, her forms bend and her moorings bow. It’s easy to see Barros’ abstractions as a quasi-realistic depiction of kites dancing in the wind.

Specifically for this show, these two artists “moored” to each other. Each was inspired and borrowed from the work of the other. Just as Barros “lifted” Mitnick’s abstractions, Larry Mitnick “borrowed” Heather Barros’ atmospheric backdrops. In its own way, the tonal gradations behind Mitnick’s abstractions suggest the enveloping settings for which Barros is best known.

The artists’ gallery is located at 18 Bridge Street in Lambertville. Gallery hours Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Receptions are scheduled with Mitnick on Saturday, May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. and with Barros on Saturday, June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit lambertvillearts.com.

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