Barry Rosenthal is an urban archeologist, photographer and sculptor and collector. He studied photography at the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio and at the Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, New York with notable photographers Emmet Gowin and George Tice. Barry’s fine art images can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Springfield Museum of Fine Art, Springfield, Massachusetts. Barry is a resident of Lower Manhattan, along with his wife and daughter.
My jumping off point is the historic botanical drawings, but my interest lies in the diversity of forms that plants construct. I look for a graphic structure or design and then play that structure against the negative space of the white background. Other times I will collage plants I find growing together into an arrangement. Whether it is the interplay of graphic forms or an arranged collage, what comes through is my intimate contact with nature.
When I start a new session, I drive out into the field with my equipment where I spend a large amount of time just looking at what grows along the side of the road, in a meadow or under a tree. I collect common plants and weeds. My outdoor studio is simple. On the ground is a pad of paper where I lay out what I have collected, I diffuse the sunlight and create my staging area. I work outside all year long (some of my favorite pieces have been done in the winter). – Barry Rosenthal
Found in Nature
“Found in Nature”, started in 2007 as an offshoot of his botanical work, has evolved from miniature collections of found objects into large-scale images that represent ocean borne trash. By using a combination of sculpture and photography and breaking down the found object trash into themes of type, color or whimsy, Rosenthal is able to bring awareness to the global issue of ocean pollution.
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