Environs, Photographs by John Barbiaux
The John Hermann Art Museum will be hosting a Visiting Artist in May and June. “Environs Photographs by John Barbiaux”
The exhibit will open for viewing each Sunday in May and June from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. (Masks are optional).
Three series of photographs each glimpsing a different perspective of urban and suburban spaces comprise Environs, a solo exhibition of work by John Barbiaux. Throughout this collection of analog, digital, and composite images, Barbiaux captures the subtle inflections of everyday life within familiar surroundings. At one time a regular commuter from his suburban home to downtown Pittsburgh, Barbiaux sees this daily journey made by so many as carrying lifeblood to and from the city. It is within these shifts from stillness to movement Barbiaux finds moments of intrigue and of beauty. A street photographer at heart, Barbiaux’s affinity for candid portraiture translates to all of his subjects. Whether portraying a swift cityscape or quiet street, Barbiaux taps into the pulse of each environment, moved by the nuances and geometry of forms in plain sight.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
For over ten years, John Barbiaux has developed an expansive body of work dipping into the worlds of street, landscape, lifestyle, and travel photography. His images have appeared in the likes of National Geographic and PetaPixel, among other national publications. Barbiaux has been commissioned by several institutions for monumental installations of his Fractal Series, some reaching four stories in height. A self-taught artist, Barbiaux recalls his father’s Polaroid as an early favorite camera and being fascinated by the “act of making a photograph.” In his current practice, Barbiaux is constantly inspired by the facets of ordinary life, both harmonious and absurd. He lives and works just outside of Pittsburgh.