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Ivan Barnett: Abstraction

Exhibition  /  06 Dec 2013  -  29 Dec 2013
Published: 08.10.2013
Ivan Barnett: Abstraction.
Patina Gallery
Management:
Allison Buchsbaum Barnett and Ivan Barnett
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Intro
Ivan Barnett has long been fascinated with mobiles and has worked with them at different points throughout his 40 year career. Evolving from earlier works, Barnett's new mobiles are composed using abstract shapes cut from thin sheets of toothy, oxidized steel. He pigments them flat black and sparingly applies a carefully mixed palette of color.

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Ivan Barnett
Artist Ivan Barnett has long been fascinated with mobiles and has worked with them at different points throughout his 40 year career. He explores them further with his latest exhibition, Abstraction. In addition to mobiles, he also introduces photographs captured on a trip to China last year. This is Barnett's sixth Patina exhibition.

Evolving from earlier works, Barnett's new mobiles are composed using abstract shapes cut from thin sheets of toothy, oxidized steel. He pigments them flat black and sparingly applies a carefully mixed palette of color. Each mobile is a composition of pure and dynamic design. The shifting relationships of shape in space create ever changing arrangements. Barnett's interest in design is also reflected in his photographs. The images are close ups of ordinary features encountered in China's urbanscapes. He shows us a detail of an aged, crackled tarp or painted sidewalk whose scuffed and marred surface takes on a painterly patina. These are not images of tarps or sidewalks, but passages that comprise them. Each is a reduction, an abstraction, that reveals how his eye is drawn to shape, color and composition, the same fascination revealed through his mobiles.
 
After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Art In 1969, Barnett was drafted into the Army and worked as an illustrator at the Pentagon. Upon discharge, he moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he began his artist life in earnest. He rose to prominence with a series of weather vanes based upon early American ones found throughout the region and today he is known as one of the first contemporary artists to freshly interpret the American folk idiom. Barnett is also one of the few living artists whose works can be found at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Other examples of his works reside at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Barnett has been active in the field of craft since 1972, when he first exhibited at one of the early American Craft Council shows. Since then he has worked as an artist, writer, consultant, event organizer, board member, juror, panelist and gallerist. His contributions to the field of American craft are significant and his reputation within craft continuously expands. Barnett's training in fine art was rigorous and formal, and his standards are strict. "I think great art is 'great' for certain basic, classical reasons. There is a reason that there are 'great works' and they're great because of universal principles of composition, of light, movement, proportion and scale. These are the same principles that determine greatness in music, poetry and architecture."
 
He speaks of the artists who inspire him with deep admiration, Arthur Dove, Marcel Duchamps, Arshile Gorky, Henri Matisse and Alexander Calder, to name a few. "I feel as though I've made them my teachers. When I read their journals, I'm transported. I experience a deep desire to return to a time when I could be with them...when artists flocked to those they loved and dug in and listened, and learned, all in an attempt to add something to the conversation."
 
As director of Patina Gallery, Ivan Barnett attends to the myriad details of his gallery's operation. He selects the artists, curates the objects, directs development and oversees communications and advertising. And though the responsibilities of gallery direction stimulate and inspire, he is first and foremost, an artist. Barnett's deepest calling is his artist's work, the work he accomplishes in his own studio.

Remarks

Artist reception
December 6 from 5:00 - 7:00

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