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Artist Talk: Barbara Takenaga, NA at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

  • Brattleboro Museum & Art Center 10 Vernon Street Brattleboro, VT 05301 USA (map)
Barbara Takenaga, NA, detail from  Looking at Blue , n.d.

Barbara Takenaga, NA, detail from Looking at Blue, n.d.

Artist Talk on Wednesday, August , 2019

Looking at Blue runs June 22 - September 23, 2019

Looking at Blue is a full-body experience. Entering the gallery, we drop into a world of deeply saturated blue punctuated by shimmering, swirling shapes that radiate from multiple vanishing points. Metallic pigments atop the indigo ground heighten the visual and emotional effects of ebullient expansion or contraction created by the many small dots, lines, orbs, and spirals dancing across the surface.”

Artist Barbara Takenaga discusses her immersive installation, Looking at Blueon view at BMAC from June 22 through September 23.

Takenaga describes her work as both abstract and narrative. The artist begins with faux abstract-expressionist backgrounds of poured and dripped paint, then uses a labor-intensive approach of applying dots, tracings, outlining, and painting around splashes. The central feature of Looking at Blue consists of four large swaths of digitally printed wallpaper with hand-painted additions.

BMAC Chief Curator Mara Williams calls Looking at Blue “a full-body experience,” adding, “We are enveloped by a sacred or cosmic, or simply mysterious, space—a space of awe and wonder, where the enormity of a universe with no edges or boundaries can be not just imagined but felt.” Williams will moderate the evening talk, which will be followed by a Q&A.


Learn more about Looking at Blue on the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center website.