B. Lynch: Pull Back the Curtain

October 23, 2021 - February 13, 2022

B. Lynch employs a variety of creative means in creating her universe. Chief among them is puppetry—a melding of the plastic and performing arts. Lynch’s characters and environments are a mix of precise rendering, attention to scale, and meticulous detail. She incorporates a variety of puppetry styles (stick, rod, shadow) as well as drawing, painting, linoleum block prints, and digital animation. Created by an artist deeply engaged in living in the modern world, the work celebrates both the prosaic and the poetic, never privileging one over the other.

— Mara Williams, BMAC Chief Curator

Welcome to the fantastical world of the Reds and the Greys.

The Reds are set in the 18th century, the Age of Reason and Revolution. Much as in our own century, the fabulously wealthy have power and the best clothes.

The Greys are situated more ambiguously: their environs might be a refugee camp, or perhaps post-apocalyptic. Their technology is early 20th century.

In this sci-fi universe, the two factions interact. The Greys are hard at work while the Reds amuse themselves. The video suggests there is more going on than just work and play.

Theatricality informs the work, and the title suggests how curtains reveal and conceal. I created the two architectural dioramas especially for this gallery. The large palace and the humble workshop directly confront the viewer with my themes.

My time-bending universe explores the corrosive effect of income disparity on our society and democracy. As the rich get richer, the less fortunate seem caught in a cycle of despair. I hope this installation will promote reflection, and that you will enjoy meeting all my characters.

— B. Lynch

RELATED EVENTS

October 28, Thursday, 7 p.m. — Artist Talk: B. Lynch
January 27, Thursday, 7 p.m. — Puppetry Demo: B. Lynch

SELECTED PRESS

THE BRATTLEBORO GAMBIT: B. Lynch’s Reds and Greys Play Mini-Chess in Vermont

RELATED RESOURCES

Installation shots
Virtual Tour (coming soon)
Video: Chess Set Game 1 
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