ORBILINIA: Installation Description


Close up of the surface of Saturn’s moon Dione (Photo:NASA)


Close up of “Candara,” from the painting series Orbilinia

ORBILINIA is a series of abstract paintings that explores the nature of otherworldliness. Rarefied, meditative and serene, they hang together to round out a suggestive sense of sanctuary and quietude. Complex and meticulously layered, they have an atmospheric materiality that shows no trace of brushes or traditional painting tools. Their surfaces grow by slow accretion, much the way the seasons etch the body of the land.

Evidence of the source DNA for this work can be seen pinned to the walls of Barlow’s studio: Images of planetary bodies and deep space, microscopic forms, turbulence patterns, views of earth from above. Other influences, a bit furtive and harder to detect, have also carved a place in that raw material.

In a recent review of Barlow’s work in Art News, Zane Fischer described the experience of seeing her work: “One risks confounding the senses even before peeling back the first layer of brusque sensuality that clings to the surface of her paintings…a soulful, sympathetic sensibility that is rare to find in such an obsessive technician.”

Orbilinia includes large-scale paintings as well as smaller, more intimate works. Regardless of size, the shimmery fluidity these paintings evoke is best experienced in an environment where silence can resonate. The first fully realized exhibit of Orbilinia took place in March 2013 at the Woodbury Art Museum in Orem, Utah. A follow on exhibit took place at the University of California at Santa Cruz in April, and future showings are scheduled at Morpeth Contemporary Art in Hopewell New Jersey and a second location at UC Santa Cruz. Conversations with other venues are also underway.

Art historian Lawrence Rinder wisely noted that just reading about works that possess a minimalist quietude can be boring but “the experience of it can be great. In space, it acts. It’s crucial to appreciate this acting, this work that the art is doing.” So less words, more looking.

Included on this site:

Previous exhibitions featuring work from the Orbilinia series
Review highlights
Orbilinia paintings
Close up views

For artist contact and biographical information, click here.

Installation at Woodbury Museum, March 2013

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Previous Exhibitions Featuring Works from ORBILINIA

Orbilinia paintings exhibited at the Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, 2012 (Curated by James Montford):

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Orbilinia paintings exhibited at Lyman-Eyer Gallery, Provincetown, 2011 (Curated by James Lyman):

Review Highlights

REVIEWS OF PROVIDENCE EXHIBIT:

Barlow’s paintings are sensual…she paints handsome, crusty, glistening abstractions like Golasule, which resembles frosty white-blue ice. Others look like lichen or, in the case of Gola, a turquoise and milky white tropical tide pool.
Greg Cook
The Boston Phoenix

The paintings of Deborah Barlow are ethereal and light, mixing multiple forms of paint and technique. While the other artists focused on a search and discovery form of style, Barlow is more scientific and alchemic.
Kyle Grant
The Anchor

Deborah Barlow is represented by a series of lushly luminous abstractions that look a bit like Minimalist cloudscapes. (Look long enough and you may feel like you’re floating inside the world’s most tasteful lava lamp.)
Bill Van Siclen
The Providence Journal

PREVIOUS EXHIBIT REVIEWS:

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Here is a painter who…is dedicated to notions of process and technique. Her disregard for pat formalism and her easy embrace of a murky abstraction gives the work a soulful, sympathetic sensibility that is rare to find in such an obsessive technician.

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She may have been hinting at landscape or profound nothingness or nothing at all—the work covers all bases and declines definition.

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She lives and works in Boston, but is so starkly, deliberately, ocularly a creature of the West.

Zane Fischer
Art News

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Barlow combines minimalism and “maximalism” to fuse a unique vision…A deep sense of form underlies the complex, nonobjective picture plane, linking the work to landscape and elements of nature. Turner’s late paintings of sea and sky in swirling light and color come to mind; yet while Barlow’s surfaces are highly active, unlike Turner there is no trace of brushwork, adding to the mystery of the process.

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Her creativity celebrates visual language as a transformative, primitive, and elemental power.

Jan Lhormer
Art New England

These works are ambient and subtle…a refreshing naturalistic, pre- and non-verbal experience, an irenic, mind-cleansing relief in today’s media- and message-overloaded society.
David St.-Lascaux
Art critic

ORBILINIA Paintings

Candara
54 x 72″
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Golawon
54 x 72″
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GolaJP

Gola
48 x 54″
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NagalaJP

Nagala
54 x 78″
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DuhleyJP

Duhley
54 x 72″
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BharryJP

Bharry
54 x 72″
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Taradasta1AJP

Taradasta 1
60 x 84″
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Taradasta2JP

Taradasta 2
66 x 72″
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IndradahJP

Indradah
48 x 84″
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KannakamJP

Kannakam
42 x 78″
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PeridawnaJP

Peridawna
54 x 54″
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KadarthaAJP

Kadartha
60 x 84″
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bulabula1

Bulabula 1
54 x 54″
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Bulabula2JP

Bulabula 2
54 x 54″
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KukaraJP

Kukara
55 x 62″
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VattanaJP
Vattana
54 x 54″
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Chambrelle
36 x 36″
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Gollabolle
48 x 48″
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santara

Santara
36 x 36″
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antarik1le

Antarik 1
36 x 36″
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nee-nej-2le

Nee Nej 2
36 x 36″
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Golasola

Golasola
36 x 36″
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Golamei2

Golamei 2
36 x 36″
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Golatulle

Golatulle
24 x 24″
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Golamandi

Golamandi
24 x 24″
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Golasule
24 x 24″
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Garesko6

Garesko3

Garesko7

Garesko 1, 3, 6, 7
18 x 18″
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Gareska1

Gareska8

Gareska 1, 8
12 x 12″
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Sigha1

Sigha2

Sigha 1, 2
12 x 12″
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Theerie 5

Theerie 6

Theerie 7

Theerie 8

Theerie 5, 6, 7, 8
12 x 12″
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Najeev4

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Najeev6

Najeev8

Najeev10

Najeev11

Najeev 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11
12 x 12″

Close Up Views

(Click on image to enlarge)

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