Hanno Ahrens / James Barsness
New Sculpture & New Paintings
Jun 6 - Jul 15, 1991

On Thursday June 6, the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will open an exhibition of sculptures by Hanno Ahrens and paintings by James Barsness. Ahrens will show 3 carved wood and mixed media works, and Barsness will show two large-scale paintings on canvas drop cloth. 


Hanno Ahrens, who received his MFA from the University of California, Dacis in 1982, has exhibited regularly in New York over the last ten years. His work incorporates large carved wood elements that are gouged out and covered with plaster or, as in the case of Do Your Or I Or Anyone Know?, 1991, a combination of roofing tar and corn. For another work, Leda, 1991, Ahrens cut up and carved an old telephone pole, rubbed each section in plaster and arranged them in a stack to suggest the flight of a bird.


James Barsness, who received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988, will show From 1 to 100, 1990, a work depicting the artist and his family at the dinner table, and 252 Dinner Tickets, 1990, a collage comprising of 252 small Giacometti-like heads drawn in ballpoint pen on restaurant checks mounted on canvas. Barsness' paintings combine pen, collage, acrylic, oil and gold leaf in an odd juxtaposition of polished renaissance technique and crude graffiti.


The Ahrens/Barsness exhibition will open Thursday, June 6 with a reception for the artists from 5 to 7 pm, and will continue through mid-July. Frumkin/Adams Gallery summer hours are Monday through Friday, 10 to 6.