Baton Rouge Gallery is showcasing the work of gallery members Charles Barbier, Paul Dean, Clark Derbes and Tom Richard in its February exhibition.
The show runs through March 1 at the BREC facility, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, with gallery hours from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.
Barbier's exhibit, "It's in the Details," marks a return to ink for the artist, one of the first mediums he fell in love with as a child with a penchant for doodling. In this latest exhibition, Barbier explores his own artistic history, playing with negative spaces to create the illusion of faces among his subject matter.
Among the subjects he tackles are politics, pop culture, UFOs and psychic phenomena, all the while exposing "a lot about myself and things that the viewer can relate to."
With "I Am Not From This Planet," Dean draws inspiration for his latest collage work from a shape that is also a symbol: the square. Dean asserts that within these geometric icons "you will see a scientific and entirely objective view of the Earth and the universe through all of time" that is "pristine and yet chaotic, still but still alive, as if caught in flickering crystalline amber."
Dean currently serves as a professor of color theory, typography and graphic design history at LSU. He also is a freelance graphic designer and performs as a DJ.
"History Paintings" is Derbes' second exhibition at Baton Rouge Gallery since becoming an artist member in 2014. He has spent the last decade salvaging large pieces of hardwood from local arborists, carefully applying his chain saw to sculpt them, and then painting the unique tromp l’oeil works in deceptive grids — experimenting with space and physical mass while playing with the viewer’s perception.
In Richard's latest exhibition, "Danger, Danger," the artist continues to play with history, identity and spontaneity. As Richard puts it, "My intent is to combine grand themes from art with the sometimes playful, sometimes scary, sometimes perplexing impulses that form individual and communal experience of identity and history."
For more information, call (225) 383-1470 or visit batonrougegallery.org.