Putting down roots

Walking into a person’s home, especially an artist’s, is a revelatory experience. The furniture, mementos, and art chosen are as much a representation of someone’s personality as their passions and personal history. Opening the door to Richard Barlow’s Oneonta apartment is like entering an art gallery that doubles as someone’s home—although his electric guitar, record player, and impressive record collection hold prominent places amongst mid-century furniture and a smattering of retro toys, I was engulfed in art as I sat in his living room. Framed drawings, ceramics, paintings, and prints, all by other contemporary artists, dominate the walls and surfaces.