Daily, In A Nimble Sea • Barry Stone
2017, 9 x 11.5 inches, 96 pages, 37 color plates, clothbound hardcover with tip-in, Silas Finch.
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 the artist has watched his children grow and change against this backdrop. Photographs put up 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 of a digital photograph also forms a kind of picture, expressed as a field of symbols. Like an anagram, these symbols can be rearranged and purposely disordered, resulting in gestural aberrations or glitches in the original image. The resulting images represent a fantasy of fatherhood, endless horizons, and malleable realities.
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. He is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Photography Program in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. His work has been nationally and internationally exhibited, most recently at Gaa Gallery Projects in Cologne Germany, The Lianzhou Photography Festival in China, and with Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York C