Loken has multimedia stories to tell
Washington — Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, is hosting an exhibit by multimedia artist Barbara Loken through Nov. 6. Loken described her art as telling stories — spoken, sung or in a visual form with paint, clay, prints or fabric.
“I make stories about my wild and well-spent youth, my family and friends, something that happened yesterday or an idea about the nature of things,” she said.
A self-described product of the 1960s, Loken taught in art classes to express feelings and emotions in large abstract pieces with bold colors, shapes and lines. She also toyed with pop art, trying to imitate Warhol’s Campbell Soup cans and likely doing damage to her lungs lifting images with acetone in Rauschenberg mode.
She practiced seeing and drawing with pen and ink in many sketchbooks as she hitchhiked around the Mediterranean to Jerusalem. She also clogged drains with wax and stained a bathtub doing batik in San Antonio and spent months sketching and painting Sicilian fisherman “who taught me to look hard, to see beauty in the ordinary and to enjoy the moment. At 70, I continue to do so.”
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