Fine Arts Gallery

College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery supports the curriculum of the Art Department through exhibitions of emerging and established artists, who hold a strong vision, engage in a critical dialogue and are globally relevant. The study and experience of art provide exceptional learning opportunities for both students and our greater Marin community. While art museums generally have an educational component, few art galleries have taken as their central mission the active learning experiences of undergraduate students. The College of Marin Fine Arts Program and Gallery will offer access to and a focus on fine arts education and important learning experiences. The Gallery serves as a classroom, providing College of Marin students hands-on experience and job training in the fields of exhibition installation and gallery management.

The Fine Arts Gallery hosts five to six exhibits each academic year, beginning with the Faculty exhibit in the fall and culminating with the annual juried student show in the spring. The Fine Arts Gallery does not accept unsolicited exhibition proposals.  If you wish to support the College of Marin Fine Arts Program and Gallery your donation will help to ensure that our students and the greater community have an enduring, meaningful and creative means of teaching, learning, exploring, questioning and engaging with the world of fine arts.

Sixteen Tons: Lauren Barton

November 5 — December 7, 2018

Opening Reception
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
6 pm to 8 pm


Artist Statement

Making art is how I raise a question or explore a problem. This means my work is often driven by subject matter that I have personal experience with; subjects from my daily life that challenge me. paper trash, found objects, and site-specific materials become important in my work because of the experiences they reference. In public works I produce images with the materials brought to the project by participants, and the result is the product of some form of dialogue. In my paintings and sculptures, the materials are borrowed from everyday life and are transformed, or are represented as subject matter. In either case, I enjoy finding meaning in the little bits of refuse that are leftover from my daily life.

In my most recent work, I consider the labor of caring for others, the invisible kind of work that takes place in homes and private lives, and is largely undervalued. Small sculptures of dismantled dollhouse furniture, both found and made from scratch, play with the ideas of homemaking, but also of the ready-made. Small piles and stacks of mismatched wood, linen, and plastic suggest deliberate care and a pattern unraveling. Larger oil on linen paintings more deliberately portray the way labor in the home is valued through careful representation of paper trash from my life: WIC checks, and PTA flyers. Finally, these works are accompanied by the perfect accessory of every homemaker - pasta necklaces. These dipped macaroni chains are not just a sly dig at the art of raising children. They aim to address the ambiguity in my daily grind as a parent and a teacher. To me, they are about the burden, banality, beauty, and honor of caring for others.