Narrative Forest

24 stands with poems
Height 36” width 18” length 18”
Cedar, Laser Etched Stainless Steel.

The Narrative Forest is part of a body of work that began as an investigation into the space of the imagination.  The poems in the setting of the park begin to redefine the viewers’ understanding of the space of the park; through the act of reading, the imagination posits a second understanding of the physical environment; there is an overlay of the poems on the park. The park becomes a forest of poems, moments of meaning. Using fairly simple wood and steel constructs to support the poems the stands are a reference to the space of the imagination, a space that is a construct of vessels of darkness, containers of the unknown. Each piece in this body of work is conceived as an intriguing container where the volume within the object is inaccessible to the eye and therefore is constructed in the imagination as a void with a distinct shape. The act of constructing a conceptual space initiates a second presence of the object: the object and all its apparent referents in material and form and the world of the imagination, a ghost of the subconscious.  Therefore, the piece presents the aspect of the void as equally important as the material substance of the work; it gives the work volume and presence, and it is a paradoxical transformation of materiality.  The intention behind the work is simply to evoke resonant qualities, to provoke curiosity and thoughtful observation on the part of the viewer.  By engaging the space of the imagination, the forces of analogy begin to search for referents with which to place this object in the world.



Robert Barnstone

Robert Barnstone

Robert Barnstone is a practicing artist and academic with a fine arts degree in Sculpture and Architecture from Bennington college, and a Master of Architecture, Harvard University. He has over 20 scholarly publications and book chapters. Notable Art installations include: Prone at the Socrates Sculpture Park in NYC, The Narrative Forest, Once Removed, SXS, Bondi, 2013, Line vessels, SxS Bondi 2014, Cleft WSU, Body shells, SxS Bondi 2016, Gene Rosa SxS 2018. Prize and collections: Wolliombi, Whittier College Collection, Narrative interventions, Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, Western Sydney University, Mona Farms.
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Robert Barnstone is a practicing artist and academic with a fine arts degree in Sculpture and Architecture from Bennington college, and a Master of Architecture, Harvard University. He has over 20 scholarly publications and book chapters. Notable Art installations include: Prone at the Socrates Sculpture Park in NYC, The Narrative Forest, Once Removed, SXS, Bondi, 2013, Line vessels, SxS Bondi 2014, Cleft WSU, Body shells, SxS Bondi 2016, Gene Rosa SxS 2018. Prize and collections: Wolliombi, Whittier College Collection, Narrative interventions, Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, Western Sydney University, Mona Farms.