Arkansas artist George Dombek's fascination with barns began in 1970s Florida, where he captured the geometry of sun and shadow on deteriorating tobacco barns, and he has returned to the subject often in the decades since. For this most recent series, Dombek traveled over a three-year period to remote pastures in all seventy-five Arkansas counties. The barns he found were perhaps unremarkable in themselves-they are, after all ubiquitous and utilitarian objects-but Dombek's interpretations reveal an intricacy of character that's less diverse than that of human portraiture. Dombek, who is trained as an architect, uses his watercolors to build up shadows and textures over geometric compositions in a style he calls Constructed Realism. To his technical virtuosity he adds humor, pathos, dignity, and reverence as well, creating less than a visual eulogy to these buildings and their rusting contents.
George Dombek has taught architecture and art at universities in Arkansas, Ohio, Florida, Saudi Arabia, and Italy. His work has been included in over eight hundred museum, corporate, and private collections and exhibited in more than 150 shows. Henry Adams is professor of American art at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of more than a dozen books. Laura M. Terry is professor of architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. She is also a painter and has exhibited her work in Savannah, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and New York. Louis A. Zona was born and raised in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and attended Youngstown State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University, from which he received a doctorate in 1973. He joined the Youngstown State faculty in 1971 and became the executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art in 1981. Louis Zona writes extensively on contemporary American art and lectures throughout the United States.