Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Howard Barlow (Thorp) received a 2008 GAP for the purchase of a welding and soldering mobile fume and dust extractor. Howard welds steel and, more recently, has been leading glass, using solder from melted down spent bullets. Consequently he has been concerned about the air quality of his studio and adjacent home.

Howard received a 2005 GAP to help offset the costs of purchasing 14,000 to 20,000 pairs of fluorescent disposable earplugs needed to “meticulously cover single and conglomerate forms of anatomically correct newborn babies, thus implying sound blockage or information control,” notes Barlow. These strange fluorescent tactile baby forms will later be placed on brightly auto-paint finished, bullet riddled, steel sculptural bases as part of Recontextualized Vistas, an upcoming exhibition featuring seven Eastern Washington artists at the 2005 Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.