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Barbara Noah: Likely Stories

Baas Gallery
Seattle WA May 2-28, 2004

Barbara Noah - Apogee
Barbara Noah, Apogee (2004), pigmented digital print on paper [Baas Gallery, Seattle WA, May 2-28]

Barbara Noah’s “lofty” images are thought provoking. Her computer-manipulated prints are inspired by NASA photographs taken from above the earth's atmosphere. They underscore human achievements and adventures worthy of amazement. At the same time, they are kitschy, modern and mildly satirical with everyday objects like toys and hats drifting across vast celestial planes.

The playful, humorous qualities in these digital works seem to be social commentaries on our infatuation with flying: to be free, or perhaps even to reach the heavens. The symbolic objects point to the actuality of our human aspirations. The images assume that unreal heights are possible and that humans will be triumphant in their quests.

Barbara Noah has shown extensively in Seattle. Past works have included a range of media such as painting, sculpture, etching, photographs and installation. Noah is a Professor of Art at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and her work has been collected by many prestigious institutions such as the Seattle Art Museum.


Allyn Cantor

 Sun, Apr 3, 2005