12th Street Series: Rick Bartow

March 27, 2001 – June 10, 2001

In its continuing set of exhibitions of artists from the Northwest, the museum’s 12th Street Series presents the work of Rick Bartow. Bartow’s work in this exhibition displayed his wide range of materials and subjects. One group included a selection of pastel “transformation drawings,” where animal forms were bound to humans; another gathered large ink and pastel drawings that are reminiscent of Japanese actor prints. There was also a group of small drypoint prints printed in Japan that show Bartow’s incredible gestural line-drawing skill, and a group of small animistic wooden sculptural figures. The artist’s vision of our relationship with the spirit of the natural world was very evident in this exciting work.