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Elizabeth Dee is pleased to announce RGB\, Mark Barrow's second solo exhibition with the gallery.  The show will open Nove mber 8th with a reception for the artist from 6-8pm.
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Barrow presents a new series that takes the RGB color model as its starting point.  RGB color space is an abstract\, mathematica l model in which each color is given a distinct position in space that can be plotted on a graph with three axes—one for each of the primary colors. B arrow replaces this Cartesian system with a loom's own mathematic logic and a more intuitive color theory.
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For the works\, Sarah Parke has designed unique fabrics based on the pixel s of a screen—each with varying amounts of red\, green\, and blue threads. Barrow matches the fabric's threads in paint\, mixing together the same per centage of red to green to blue.  As a result each fabric's colors yield a different grey with which he begins each painting.  By covering only portio ns of the fabric's pattern\, Barrow uses the underlying colored fibers to s hift the paint's hue\, often using only two or three grey tones to create e ntire compositions.  Focusing on the individual units of color (pixels\, th reads\, dots of paint) Barrow creates both a point of equivalence and infle ction. In layering these different logical\, mathematical\, and perceptual systems\, he dissolves their boundaries and offers a more nebulous\, abstra ct system.  Ultimately each piece is titled according to the prominence of the three colors (red\, green\, blue) from greatest to least.
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Also on view is a series of drawings operati ng under similar logic. Taking a weaving draft as a template\, Barrow grids sheets of paper and colors dots to create patterns.  Using only a red\, gr een and blue pencil\, he adjusts the ratio of the three colors and amount o f pressure on the pencil to create his compositions.
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RGB marks Barrow's ongoing interest in the i ntersection of phenomenology and the science of perception.  His collaborat ive and idiosyncratic process functions on a seemingly molecular level\, tw eaking the DNA of a broad range of sources.  He approaches his influences a s empirical sets of data\;  his process designed to test their finiteness a nd find the point at which they begin to deteriorate.
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Mark Barrow has exhibited in various solo and group contexts internationally\, such as ZERO\, Milan\, White Columns\, New York\ , Yale Museum of Art\, among others. The artist will be the subject of a fo rthcoming publication by Mousse in 2013.
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