Reviews & Essays

“Exploring Barbara Bachner’s Eventful Dream Life” by Ed McCormack

Gallery and Studio, Sep-Oct, 1999, New York, NY

[…] At times partially obscured by the vigorously brushed areas of white and gray strokes that surround them, the scrawled words tease and tantalize the viewer with private revelations that alternately emerge from and retreat into the painterly miasma. This hide and seek quality lends Bachner’s compositions a remarkable immediacy, giving one the sense of a mind in motion between memory and meaning, exposure and concealment.

By making herself vulnerable on a personal level, Bachner lends a paradoxical strength to the work. Her courageousness and the sacrifice of privacy that it entails seems well worthwhile in terms of the revelatory power it imparts to the work. […]

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