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Sausalito (high & low), 2005
New York artist Jill Baroff opens Tide Drawings at Brian Gross Fine Art on Thursday, September 8, with a reception from 5:30-7:30 pm. In this exhibition, Baroff presents a series of tidal studies that articulate the subtle repercussions of waves and tides.
In her first exhibition at Brian Gross Fine Art, Baroff exhibits ink and watercolor drawings on Japanese gampi paper that represent the tidal activity of several Californian bodies of water. Her work stems from her affinity for the waterways in and around Manhattan and a compulsion to systematize observations made of nature. Baroff painstakingly collects and documents the numerical information from tide tables that track water levels at high and low tide for each day of the year. From this data, she creates preliminary charts of minute tidal changes and then translates the findings into minimal, linear abstractions that visually record of time and geography. Baroff.s subtle sense of line and color render quiet, meditative works reminiscent of the rhythms of the sea.
Jill Baroff was born in Summit, New Jersey, in 1954. She received her BFA from Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1976. Baroff was included in the Artist Seminars Program at the Whitney Museum of Art, NY in 1978 and pursued post-graduate studies at Hunter College, NY in 1980-81. Baroff has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Recently, Baroff was included in the group exhibitions Infinite Possibilities: Serial Imagery in 20th Century Drawings at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA and the Systems Now exhibition at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Madison, Wisconsin. Baroff has been the recipient of several Pollock-Krasner Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. This summer, Baroff studied tides at the Cape Cod National Seashore sponsored by the U.S. National Park Service Artist in Residence Program.