NY ARTS Magazine
Review: Barbara Roux by Amy Storts
Barbara Roux's recent exhibition Society of Plants offers photos
of nature, poetic wall texts (some referring to dreams), twigs and
limbs mounted and hanging on the wall and even saplings leaning in
a corner. The artists poetic and romantic dialogue with nature is made
specific in one photograph of words written on a fallen tree trunk in
permanent marker and in Starlings, 2001 where a short section of
sawed off limb mounted in the gallery offers this text on the exposed
cut "Starlings circled, warning others of blackened fruit."
The most contemporary looking of the photos show some sort
of staged intervention into the environment, in Specimens, 2001 a
hand enters the dense underbrush holding an open yellow envelope;
Ecology, 2001 offers an image of a hand holding a reflective piece of
glass suggesting the shape of a house and through which can be
seen the forest floor.
Roux presents the viewer with about four exhibitions in one.
Given the difficulty in exposing one's work regularly this is certainly
not to be faulted and one hopes that Roux back in the studio is able
to pursue each of the strains to their ultimate end.