Over the past four decades, Ros Barron has created a remarkable body of video works that evolve gracefully arround a consistent corpus of themes, images, and personal stylistic motifs. Time, self-definition, and the nature of consciousness itself—these are among her central concerns. She has often made use of the mannerisms and attributes of surrealism as well as elements of the occult to accomplish these ends. Among her eighteen video works, there is a notable quartet in homage to René Magritte, some of whose characteristic images and strategies she has embraced and built upon to her own ends. The Artist speaks to the Artist who speaks to Art as it pertains to the Life of the Mind and the results are an impressive achivement.
The video works she has produced at the New Television Workshop at WGBH, Boston, as a Rockefeller Artist-in-Television and independently have not been in wide commercial distribution, but instead of visual art contexts: The Museum of Modern Art; Mobius; the Helen Schlien Gallery; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and as well as in university Visting Artist Programs. For some years, her video works were distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix.
From essay, Ros Barron, Video Pioneer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston exhibition catalog.
1968, 6:55, Color 2" Format.
Made under Barron‘s initial Rockefeller Artists in Television : WGBH, Boston grant, incorporating Barron‘s work in polarized light/color, developed as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow [1966-68.] ‘Chroma-Key‘ and electronic image processing by WGBH producer / director David Atwood. Exhibited internationally.
1972, 10:45, B&W, 1/2" Tape, Portapak.
First of the series, Portraits of Women: surreal interpretations of the inner lives of four women artists.
1973, 12:48, B&W, 1/2" Tape, Portapak.
The second of the series, Portraits of Women.
1974, 12:25, B&W, 1/2" Tape, Portapak.
Cool interaction between a man and a nude woman.
1974, 5:09, Color, 1/2" Tape, Portapak.
Barron‘s first use of portable color format.
1975, 10:38, B&W, 1/2" Tape, Portapak.
The third of the series, Portraits of Women.