The Painting Center is pleased to present A Breath Away by Barbara Laube in the Main Gallery. This is Laube’s solo exhibition at The Painting Center. The title alludes to an inner prompting, “I am a breath away.” These paintings were all done in the past year.
While some may see this second exhibition as a departure from her earlier work, it represents more of a evolution of the themes in Laube’s work that has been consistent for decades. The built up texture of the oil paint from her previous work has been replaced by the scraped textures of gold and silver leaf. Thick viscous impasto has given way to an ethereal lightness and touch. Gravity is surrendered to, and the fluid veils, drips, and accidental marks portray shifts in energy and consciousness. Imperfection, awkwardness, vulnerability, and a tentative quality are all present.
New connections are constantly being forged and associations drawn. The view outside the studio windows of the Palisades and Hudson River has emerged recently. This is where Laube has lived for thirty years. She has always painted. Her decades long painting practice has taken her to Italy, France, Spain, Germany and South America. Barbara Laube has shown widely in New York and will have a solo show this Fall at M.David and Co.