“Barbara Vaughn combines her love of water and an appetite for abstraction and distills an inventive formula that ‘springs from an unexpected confluence of nature and the man-made world….’ For this artist, inspiration comes from the magic of harnessing water’s inherent ability to mirror and transform the appearance of objects in and around it. Vaughn captures the reflective visual chemistry of the sun, sky and wind through a cameras lens at just the right decisive moment, which results in amazing abstract compositions whose original sources are barely recognizable, but memorably beautiful in their simplicity and ingenuity. (Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco)” – Bruce Helander
Here’s your word of the day: Optasia, which means “vision” or “apparition” in Greek. It’s also the name of photographer Barbara Vaughn’s new month-long exhibit at Quogue Gallery in Southampton, and a pretty apt moniker considering her visual trademark: Vaughn is known for capturing reflections in undulating bodies of water, which turn something as simple as boats or buildings into abstracted works of art à la Joan Miró or Gerhard Richter. And her subjects are diverse, from architecture along the Venetian island of Burano to — just in time for Independence Day — patriotic Stars and Stripes.
This summer a selection of my work will be in the Quogue Gallery booth #211 at Art Hamptons, from July 2-5. Simultaneously the gallery will have a show at their new space in Quogue. I have a December 2015 – January 2016 show at Friesen Gallery; specific dates will follow.