In conjunction with Friday’s all-gallery opening at UMOCA, visiting artist Barry Stone, whose work is featured in the main gallery exhibition “Desire Lines,” will speak at Under Current. Stone’s work encompasses the poetics of place, photography’s relationship to perception and language and photography’s digital material condition.

Stone will speak about his work and recent book, DAILY, IN A NIMBLE SEA, which explores through a collection of photographs assembled over a ten-year span the relationships connecting photography, chance operation, code and the landscape.

This is a non-ticketed, age 21+ event and free to attend, though attendees will be responsible for their own bar tab.

DAILY, IN A NIMBLE SEA, is an anagram of “BAILEY ISLAND, MAINE,” where a tiny stretch of coastline is incessantly transformed by the interactions of fog, sun and tides. When the tide goes out, a rocky field of seaweed is revealed. To walk across it is to traverse the ocean floor in the open air. It is a magical place, and for seven summers Stone has watched his daughters grow and change against this backdrop. Photographs put a feeble defense against the passage of time: The still image halts the waves from breaking, only to paradoxically heighten our awareness of their inevitable movement forward.

These pictures were made with a digital camera. The code from the digital photographs also forms a kind of picture, expressed as a field of symbols. In this volume sections of code are sequenced alongside the photographic images they were extracted from. These symbols, like an anagram, can be rearranged and purposely disordered, resulting in gestural aberrations or glitches to create to alternate versions of the original digital capture.

This creates a picture book representing a fantasy of fatherhood, endless horizons and malleable realities.



ABOUT BARRY STONE: Associate Professor and Coordinator of Photography in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. Barry Stone was born in Lubbock, Texas, and earned a BA in Biology and an MFA in Studio Art in Photography from the University of Texas at Austin.

His work is represented by Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York and Art Palace in Houston and is the founding member of the artist collective, Lakes Were Rivers. He is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Photography Program at the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. His work has been nationally and internationally exhibited most recently at Center for Art and Media, (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany, The Lianzhou Photography Festival in China, and with Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York City. His photographs have been acquired by many collections including the Cleveland Clinic, Fidelity Mutual Corporation Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His work has been reviewed in many publications including Artforum, Artlies, Artnet, Washington City Paper, The New York Sun, TimeOut New York and the New York Times.