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'Barn and Beyond' explores iconic structures

Published 10:04 am, Monday, October 14, 2013
  • James Grashow's sculpture of a rooster is among the artworks that will be on display in "The Barn and Beyond," opening Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, 681 South Ave., New Canaan. Photo: Contributed
    James Grashow's sculpture of a rooster is among the artworks that will be on display in "The Barn and Beyond," opening Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, 681 South Ave., New Canaan. Photo: Contributed

 

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"The Barn and Beyond," a juried exhibition of original work in all media, opened Saturday at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, Waveny Park, 681 South Ave., New Canaan.

Sponsored by the New Canaan Preservation Alliance and Karl Chevrolet, the exhibition, which runs through Nov. 2, is curated by Arianne Faber Kolb and Eleanor Flatow.

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.

The photographic survey will include artistic representations of recognizable public and private barns in New Canaan by Torrance York, Kip Farrell, Paul Berger and Nanna Sigurdardottir.

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.

His inventive work has been featured at many major museums and his "Cardboard Bernini" at the Aldrich Museum was recently featured in The New York Times.

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.