The gallery is excited to debut Parmet’s latest ideas and processes. Her deeply layered stories stretch the imagination, exploring moments ranging from wild rides to silent contemplations of the sea. Using a solar plate etching process, these hand-pulled prints are indelibly marked with emotional intrigue. Barbara’s open-ended narrative gives us the opportunity not only to see her vision as a storyteller, but allows us access to our own interior landscapes. These visual characters mirror and resonate with the people in our own lives. They are finding their way. While not specific to place, these images offer spacious possibilities for bearing witness to our own lives and as we look at the lives of others. In many of these open spaces we have the ability to stop, take a breath and look at our surroundings. Parmet’s work uses the desert, the open space, not as anticipated cliché to talk about loss, but instead to talk about freedom. Barbara’s use of the waterfront becomes an opportunity for clear views in unexpected directions. Her constructed images record extraordinary circumstances that are optimistic yet grounded in the way we measure all things.
Celebrate Barbara and her beautiful work at our Artist Reception
on Saturday June 9th from 2 to 5pm.
About Barbara Parmet –
Barbara Parmet has been combining imagery with a camera for over 30 years. Her affinity for telling a story with pictures was galvanized by her first ten years as a photojournalist. Even after she left the newspaper and magazine world, she continued combining photographs as a way of telling stories that went deeper than the daily news.The unifying element of Barbara Parmet’s photographs is the meditative quality each one invokes. Barbara’s images share the quiet tones that allow the eyes to rest and the mind to turn inward. Parmet uses any and all technology that suits her purposes. At times she uses a camera obscura with no lens. At other times she uses a 4×5″ Linhof or a 21/4″ Hasselblad. She has printed and painted on gelatin silver and platinum emulsions. Digital scanning and carbon-based inks on watercolor paper have also been employed as tools for arriving at the desired effect. The added solar plate printing technology allows Parmet to combine the best of the digital and analog worlds with stunning results.
For more information about Barbara Parmet, the exhibition Measure of All Things, or wall space gallery, please contact us at 805.637.3898 or via email.