Acoustic Shadow
(Gallery 3)

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Marking the artist's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, Laura Beard presents an exhibition titled "Acoustic Shadow" of recent paintings.

The new paintings in this exhibition are inspired by the acoustic shadow phenomenon that occurred during the Civil War. Where sound goes to die, acoustic shadows are areas where sounds, from a certain direction and on a given day, will not penetrate; these acoustic phenomena occur either because the sound waves are absorbed, refracted or simply blown in a different direction. Relatively unnoticed in our modern, wired world, acoustic shadow played a significant role in some of the most famous battles of the American Civil War. Her research is nonobjective paintings, so she is not doing an illustration of acoustic shadows. She is creating visual images that are inspired by descriptions and the concept regarding sound. Beard says, It is fascinating and challenging to conceptualize sound in the silent language of visual form.

Laura Beard was born in Plattsburg, New York. She is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from Colorado State University and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Washington in Seattle. Beards work has been featured in solo shows and group exhibitions nationally and internationally She lives and works in Denton, Texas.

See images of the artworks online on ARTSY

- Interview of Laura Beard for HEC-TV (May 2018) (Watch Interview on YouTube)

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