“Bones of America” pays homage to vanishing landmarks
Simon Winegar’s love of barns reaches back to his childhood and memories of playing in his great-grandfather’s barn. Growing up near West Bountiful, Utah, Winegar watched the agrarian area become transformed into a subdivision in a few short years. His feeling for the vanishing agricultural buildings inspired a two-year study of capturing barns through his paintings.
The culmination of this focused artistic venture, “Bones of America” opens June 11 at the Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt. The exhibition features more than thirty of Winegar’s paintings of barns, demonstrating that no two are alike. “Every person built his own barn, and it bears the mark of his personality,” Winegar notes. “The variety of the barns reflects how unique we all are.”
As the farms and barns that once dotted the Western landscape are falling into disrepair and decay, Winegar’s artistic project relied on his photographic record of twenty years, as well location painting. Although a handful of the subjects have been restored and will remain, some are no longer standing. The exhibition pays homage to the rich architectural and cultural tradition represented by these venerable buildings.
“Bones of America” will be on view at the Ann Korologos Gallery June 11 through July 6. The artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, June 26, from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibition may be viewed online here.