PORTSMOUTH – Photographer Barry Tarr will have an exhibit of his stunning photographs on display during the month of July at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
His exhibition is titled, “The Rhythm of Color.”
“Color is the property of an object that creates a sensation in the eye and is interpreted by the brain,” Tarr said. “Photography, and for that matter all visual arts, use color to communicate ideas and to evoke emotions. The use of color can be abstract or representational or somewhere in between.”
The images in this body of work explore the use of color as a pure abstract exercise intended to delight the eye and mind, Tarr said.
Tarr stated that technology and art closely intertwined.
“All art involves the use of technology,” he said. “The tools a painter uses would not exist without technology. Certainly photography was founded on technological advances in chemistry, physics, optics and other branches of science.”
Tarr’s use of technology for this series involves the recent development of inexpensive LED light strips and tiny electronic controllers. These tools have allowed him to study pure color and light as shown in his photographs.
“I have always been fascinated by the perception of the world through the viewfinder and have been taking pictures since I was twelve,” Tarr said. “Photography gives me a chance to play with light and to select a moment in time to create a unique image.”
After college, Tarr continued to take photographs and build and work in his darkrooms, but as life inevitably intervened he had less and less time to do the kind of photography that he knew he could create.
With the advent of digital SLR cameras the possibility of returning to serious photography became a reality for Tarr.
“Photography is also a pursuit that involves what I call a 360-degree view of the world,” Tarr said. “From the hard sciences – physics, optics and chemistry – to psychology, physiology and philosophy, I feel that you must have an understanding of most facets of life in order to properly accomplish your art.”
In addition to being a juried member of the NHAA, Tarr is a member of the Kittery Art Association and a past president of the York Art Association, both in Maine.
Go & Do
What: “The Rhythm of Color” featuring photography by Barry Tarr
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth
When: July 3 to 28; Opening Reception is Friday, July 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.