Exhibition

Rene Barge: The Making of a Porous Body

October 08, 2010 - November 13, 2010

Reception: October 8, 2010

Rene Barge, 2010

It is through a network of interacting processes, transformation and destruction, and continuous regeneration, that the visual organization within this body of work is produced during sensory events.

Exhibition Images

These are a selected group of works and installation photographs from the exhibition. For a complete list of available works please contact us.

Rene Barge: The Making of a Porous Body

The Making of A Porous Body consists of documentation of research combining aesthetic and scientific insight. The title alludes to the sea sponge, a multi-celled organism with no center that regenerates itself. It propagates while avoiding toxic areas and inhibitive zones in its environment. Moreover, it is responsive, viral and rhizomatic in the way Deleuze and Guattari eloquently described in the Introduction to A Thousand Plateaus. The prints and video in the exhibition cover a body of work that began during collaborations in 2006 with his colleague, the sound artist Gustavo Matamoros.

During their collaboration, Two Chambers Divided by an Opening, Matamoros had one space and Barge had another. In each space sixteen speaker chambers were divided by the opening of the space they occupied. The space sonically divided and sub-divided ad infinitum as the speakers propagated resonant frequencies, tuning into and out of the space. Ideas of sensory-motor coupling, both real and imagined, later coalesced in March 2009 during SOUND at the Bass Museum, Miami Beach and through further collaboration with Matamoros and another sound artist and scientist, David Dunn.

And so, the prints and video in The Making of A Porous Body are glimpses into patterns that Barge perceives, bearing evidence of multiple filters and distortions via alternately human, natural and artificial agents. His works here are prisms of his interactions with specific environments in that they show multiple aspects of change at once, analogous to a post-studio, post-technological cubism.

Barge writes, “It is through a network of interacting processes, transformation and destruction, and continuous regeneration, that the visual organization within this body of work is produced during sensory events. There is no clearly predetermined form; there is no hierarchy in the processes, and no artist studio. If and when a form does emerge it has little power over other forms, the most it can do is lead into other possible forms. These images come from an open approach where decisions are made all over the place and what emerges from these interactions is what you have before you. Sometimes the elements get along and sometimes they don’t and that is alright too.”

About Rene Barge

Rene Barge produces sound works, prints and videos. These are prismatic relays of the patterns he perceives around him. In each work lies the traces of complex orderings of distortions and filters. As records they simultaneously reflect multiple aspects of change at once, analogous to post-studio, post-digital cubism. Since earning a BFA from Florida International University in 1999, where he studied under his mentor, Christine Tamblyn (July 12, 1951 – January 1, 1998), he has shown individual and collaborative works. Examples of individual work can be found by exploring his exhibitions at Dorsch Gallery. His 2010 digital prints resulted from a visual process analogous to his sound work, in that he processed imagery through a series of filters. (Reflections on the screen of a TV, played on a TV screen, computer based interruptions and glass windows are some examples.) In his collaborative work with Gustavo Matamoros and David Dunn as Frozen Music (FM) the intervention produces an alternative ecosystem. Barge has shown at Dorsch Gallery since 1999.

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