Barb Stahl: Biocentric Landscapes
October 2 - 30, 2015
Stahl’s commercial and public art have been fixtures in Indianapolis for many years. Murals, community engagement projects, and the larger-than-life Pacer’s schedule wall she hand paints every year have been seen by thousands, however most do not associate this public work with her fine art that has been evolving over the past 20 years. 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 crosshatched drip patterns, Stahl symbolizes the cosmic thread, the connectivity that unites all matter in the universe, including us. The thread patterns form a grid 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 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.