'Barn and Beyond' explores iconic structures
Published 10:04 am, Monday, October 14, 2013
The theme of the show reflects the historical significance of the gallery space and celebrates the noteworthy collection of barns in New Canaan and the beauty and relevance of the iconic structures throughout America.
A curated historical overview of the Carriage Barn and a visual photographic survey of barns in New Canaan will serve as an introduction to works by a diverse group of artists.
The space at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, which housed carriages and horses for Waveny House 100 years ago, becomes reactivated through a selection of artwork -- a vision of the barn as a physical reminder of the past and its transformation and adaptive reuse within contemporary culture.
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These include well-known structures, such as Irwin Park barn and Mead Park brick barn, both of which provide glimpses of the town's agricultural and industrial past and are in need of restoration.
Farrell has been documenting the barns of New Canaan for the past 20 years, actively seeking to learn their histories from the owners and their descendants.
Particularly poignant is the show's section of "Lost Barns," structures that have been demolished over the years, erasing a part of the town's rich history.
In addition to representations of barns and elements associated with these structures, sculptures relating to the barn theme animates the space.
A centerpiece of the show is James Grashow's rooster sculpture. Grashow's fantastic monkeys swing from the rafters.
The Carriage Barn show includes other sustainable artworks assembled out of found and recycled materials, such as the whimsical owl out of stone and metal by Lubomir Tomaszewski and the mixed-media works incorporating old barn tools by Lucy Krupenye and Jerome Harris Parmet.
The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For information, visit carriagebarn.org or call 203-972-1895.