Flights Of Fancy / Moments Of Doubt

Barbara Black, Equine Observation, 2020 Photo: Kristin Solomon

Flights Of Fancy / Moments Of Doubt

Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR - Feb 2 – 21

by Joseph Gallivan

Barbara Black and Angela Passalacqua use metaphoric imagery and themes surrounding the powerful world of dreams to navigate existential subjects and the unconscious worlds within. In Black’s improvisational paintings, watery washes reveal surreal figuration combined with architectural elements, infusing compositions rich with poetic undertones. Passalacqua creates allegorical narrations that draw from an old suitcase from Sicily containing family photos from a bygone era. They recall the Greek antiquity of the island and continue the artist’s interest in chimeras, especially as they relate to her own family history.

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