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The Upside of Her Hell at Bozo Mag

Now up through May 14th, 2017. 

Hayley Barker, Amy Bessone, Vanessa Conte,
Daniel Gibson, Namio Harukawa,
Joshua Miller, and Eva Sealove
One child grows up to be
Somebody that just loves to learn
And another child grows up to be
Somebody you'd just love to burn
Mom loves the both of them
You see it's in the blood
Both kids are good to Mom
"Blood's thicker than mud" 
It's a family affair…
Keep, keep it together
Keep, keep it together
Keep people together forever and ever

This exhibition is on view from Sunday, April 16th 2017 until Sunday, May 14th 2017. An opening reception will be held on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm at 9755 Yoakum Drive.  The opening will also host the release of Hayley Barker’s “Vintage Self-Help”, a book of short essays.
Open hours will be on Sundays from 10am - 4pm, and by appointment.
9755 Yoakum Dr. Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

"Vintage Self Help" at BozoMag

"Vintage Self Help"
Twelve short essays on trauma, nature, shamanism, illness, art and time. Text and drawings by Hayley Barker. Perfect bound, with newsprint poster. Produced by Cherry & Lucic, edited by Katie Ford, designed and bound by Sammie Cetta, printed by Ryan Patrick Krueger. (c) 2017. 46 pages. 
Edition of 50. 
$20 each

Email me to buy one. hayleycbarker(at)gmail.com
Bozo Mag is an art gallery and label founded by Sam Bivins, Daniel Bowman & Max Schwartz.

THE GODDESS SHOW at Rainmaker Gallery

featuring Hayley Barker, Jason Berlin, Eryn Boone, Rachel Brown Smith, Anna Fidler, Elizabeth Malaska, Veronica Reeves

 The Goddess Show, opening at Rainmaker Gallery on Friday, April 7, is a group show organized by Rainmaker resident artists Rachel Brown-Smith and Veronica Reeves and features Hayley Barker, Jason Berlin, Eryn Boone, Rachel Brown-Smith, Anna Fidler, Elizabeth Malaska, Veronica Reeves. This exhibition of West Coast artists highlights feminine divinity and spirituality that is independent of patriarchal ideology. 

2/2017: "No-Place," Gallery Protocal, Curated by Iris Williamson, Gainesville, FL

Gallery Protocol is pleased to present no-place, a group
exhibition curated by Iris Williamson. no-place features
painting, drawing, sculpture, and digital media by Hayley
Barker, Alisa Bones, Andrea Brown, Akina Cox, Brooks Dierdorff,
Natalie Escobar, Jackie K. Johnson, Angélica Maria
Millán Lozano, Jess Perlitz, Nicolas Sassoon & Rick Silva,
Eileen Isagon Skyers, Lindsay Preston Zappas. The exhibition
opens with a reception on February 24 from 8:00PM to
11:00PM and runs through April 7.

In no-place, utopian motifs—such as lush foliage, remote
islands, and the swirling heavens—are confronted by consumerist
objects, sharp thorns, chains, and smokestacks.
The exhibition anticipates and engages the failures that
occur in pursuing an ‘ideal reality.’ As the title suggests,
many works speak to ‘utopia’ as an act of dislocation—from
the particulars of a specific place, or even a specific body.
Abstracted figures negotiate environments composed of
signifiers, and spaces open up for travel beyond the physical
world. no-place invites viewers to consider self-care as
the first step in caring for and creating new worlds.

(Image by Akina Cox)

Now Burning, Border Patrol, Portland Maine, January 6 - March 3, 2017

Now Burning is a group show featuring incense and burners made by over thirty artists from the United States and Canada. Artist-made Incense will be burned in each artist-made burner over the course of the exhibition. Invoking the pragmatic and mystical properties of scented smoke, the exhibition will ceremoniously cleanse the space of previous occupants’ residue. This non-visual announcement will cultivate a meditative, mildly psychoactive atmosphere and prepare the ground for subsequent exhibitions.

Pictured: StarBlade 2016, Steel & Acrylic

"Animal Farm" at Dalton Warehouse, LA

Forty artists, works on paper
Dalton Warehouse.  447 E. 32nd St, Los Angeles, 90011
See their Facebook page for hours.
Up February 2017- March 2017.


Eve Eve at TOP 12/29/16

TOP presents Eve Eve, a group exhibition with Hayley Barker, Andrea Marie Breiling, Claire Colette, Carrie Cook, Lindsey Lyons, and Maysha Mohamedi 

Opens Thursday, December 29, 7-10 pm. 
On view Friday, December 30, 11 am-6 pm.

1753 E Olympic @ Alameda, 
Fourth Floor, last door on right
Los Angeles, CA

Women on the Fence

Instagram: http://instagram.com/womenonthefence
DATE: 10/26/16
Works by Women, for Women
Desert Hot Springs, CA, November 5, 2016– WOMEN ON THE FENCE (WOTF) is a one-day paper show of radical LA artists in conjunction with the three-day women’s festival and retreat: MOTHERSHIP, brought to you by HER/LA, and curated by Hayley Barker and Andrea Marie Breilling.
WOMEN ON THE FENCE: This one-day art show will feature the work of over 30 feminist women artists from Los Angeles. Works will be hung outdoors on the chain link fence that demarcates the interior space of the MOTHERSHIP festival.
MOTHERSHIP is a three-day outdoor festival for women that features feminist and queer-friendly music, workshops, camping, and community.

Artists in WOTF include: Lilly Aldriedge, Shaga Ariannia, Sarah Awad, Hayley Barker, Andrea Marie Breilling, Anna Breininger, Tanya Brodsky, Virginia Broersma, Sally Bruno, Sara Chao, Sara Clendening, Carrie Cook, Alika Cooper, Akina Cox, Nikki Darling,Yasmine Diaz, Sarita Dougherty, Catherine Fairbanks, Nikita Gale, Rema Ghuloum, Sarah Gilbert, Meghan Gordan, Trulee Grace Hall, Kyla Hansen, Melissa Huddleston, Angie Jennings, Kara Joslyn, Molly Larkey, Sophie Lee, Clare Little, Tiffany Livingston, Kristy Luck, Annelie McKenzie, Erin Morrison, Megan Mueller, Erika Ostrander, Lauren Quin, Rachel Roske, Nancy Stella Soto, Shanna Waddell, Julie Weitz, Suné Woods, Lindsay Preston Zappas.

Thanks Carla!
A few shots from our show in Desert Hot Springs... at HER/LA's Mothership Festival.

Upcoming shows this fall & winter

Some upcoming group shows:

11/7/-12/1/2016 Magic, at Mercer College Art Gallery, curated by Tiffany Calvert, West Windsor, NJ. (Image above)

11/2016: Bad Religion, Lyeberry HQ, Brooklyn, NY

12/16: LACA Benefit Auction, Los Angeles, CA

1/6/17-3/3/17 Now Burning at Border Patrol, Portland, ME.

The Water

Friday November 18, 7-10 PM
at The Women's Center for Creative Work
A private feminst participatory ritual open to women/queer/trans folks. RSVP required.

I believe that we are made of Water, and Water is Spirit. Spirit is sacred. Creativity is sacred. And honoring one another face-to-face is sacred feminist work. Making art is sacred feminist work. Being alive today, in this nation, in this world, it is more important than ever that we find peaceful, loving, accessible, affordable ways to come together. It is my hope to be a small part of this healing that needs to occur on a grand scale.
I will facilitate this season's conversation and guide us through a water ritual. We will make sacred space together and create a communal blessing water. We’ll discuss ways to use blessing waters in art and life. Some ways I have used it include demarcating sacred spaces and cleansing rituals. I have used these rituals in my art and in everyday life, to take care of myself and to reclaim that which needs healing.

"The Fire: Art Practices, Feminist Spirituality, and Ritual Work"

Friday, 8/12, 2016 
7:30 PM- 9:00 PM 

This event will kickoff a series of gatherings; feminist rituals intended to bring women together in support of each other’s art and spirituality. Let’s come together to talk about what a feminist spiritual practice can look like and how it relates to making art. The event includes a discussion of our sacred and creative work. Afterwards, we’ll make a group blessing of our individual/collective endeavors. Please come with a small object that represents the artwork you are currently making. 

(This free event is open to women, broadly inclusive.) 

Hosted by the Women's Center for Creative Work, 2425 Glover Place, Los Angeles, CA 90031
and Maiden LA

A SPACE BORN: A Two-Person Show at Egyptian Art & Antiques

Egyptian Art & Antiques is pleased to announce "The Space Born", a new exhibition of paintings and installation by Hayley Barker and Conrad Ruiz.

The Key to Above and Below is The Key to the Freedom of Space. Oh, Secret of Secrets: Manifest! This is Nature’s Excessive Game. The blood above and the blood below. This Space is Born, the Space is Born.

The show will open on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 170 S. Beverly Drive Suite # 320, and will continue on view through Sunday, July 10, 2016. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. A closing reception will be held on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. Open hours will be as follows:

Saturday, June 18, 2016 8-11PM

July 10, 2016 7-9PM

Egyptian Art & Antiques
170 S. Beverly Dr. Ste. 320
Beverly Hills CA 90212


Install Pics of "The Ambassadors"

Install photos have been posted. Click through to see what the show really looks like. BIG HEARTS to Calvin Ross Carl for the great photos!

THE AMBASSADORS at Carl & Sloan, Portland, OR

Exhibition runs May 6–29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 2015, 6:00–10:00 PM

Carl & Sloan Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Hayley Barker, titled The Ambassadors.

The exhibition’s namesake, The Ambassadors, is derived from the Late Gothic master Hans Holbein’s painting of the same name. The painting is notorious for the inclusion of an ethereal floating skull. Seemingly from another dimension, the skull is stretched across an otherwise traditional painting. This symbolic intrusion acts as a break in time and space reminding us of the sacred and spiritual existing between life and death.
Barker draws upon this break. Her new work waxes and wanes between paintings of spiritual experiences to unstretched canvases acting as sacred tools, portals, and guides to accompany her personal meditative rituals. The works become lyrical interpretations of these energetic spaces, beings, and props. 

Prior to the opening of the exhibition, Barker will conduct a private ritual within the gallery to bless, play with, and make use of the paintings; her private ritual being an improvised reenactment of a healing ritual she did 20 years ago in front of an invitation-only audience. This continues her decades long feminist, nature-based spiritual practice. The finishing ritual imbues the work with the very illusory and invisible energy she has drawn from throughout her life.  

We encourage you to read the following in contemplation of this new work and the artist's own attempt to understand the purpose of these mysterious works that are both light-hearted and deadly serious:

The blanket, the milky way, her robes
Bugs Bunny's rabbit hole
A space that is a thing/being
An object that is a holding cell and entrance
The angle of viewing
The angel of viewing
Fake vomit
Dried paint wet underneath
Blessed and prayed on, private ceremony
The skull smeared across the bottom of the painting
Witch, wardrobe, lion
The shift holding wind made into a sail
Bandages removed sort of holding the shape of the body they patched up
Speech bubble, differing text balloons
A shroud
Rough drafts for future healing tools, mine, maybe our's, your's?
Your pocketknife, his weapon, their scissors, her blade of grass
8-bit thunderstorm groove on loop
The solo re-enactment of a performance from 20 years ago, learned, but not by watching the VHS tape with bad tracking
What I see when I try to recall your features

The Ambassadors by Hayley Barker opens Friday, May 6, 2016, 6–10pm and will run until May 29. For more information, please contact the gallery at 360.608.9746 or info [at] carlsloan.com


Project Space: APRIL 23 - MAY 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 23rd, 6-8 PM
SPECIAL PREVIEW: Sunday, April 17, 2-5 PM
Hayley Barker's oil on linen paintings are inspired by the joy, wonder, and wild energy that she finds in relationship with plants, bodies, and stars--shaped by her journeys in her personal spiritual practice and the physical landscape that she inhabits. In her meditative journeys beings come forth and return to the Earth. Lyrical brushstrokes convey eyes, mouths, orifices, faces, and bodies, transmuting themselves into plants or embodying stars. Ecstatic states and regal beings emerge from shallow spaces that somehow breathe.
Drawing on the art of the Symbolists and early Modernists as well as the visionary painters of the past two centuries, Barker allows her forms to unfurl with a playfulness or whimsy that manifests in the imaginative leaps she takes when transforming, for example, an aloe plant into a kind of figure that winks at you. This openness to wonder and the possibilities of the unknown (and unforeseen) is a way of creating a world in which all sentient and insentient beings, objects and spaces possess personalities. 
PLANTS, BODIES, STARS takes these potent new-age themes into an intimate, feminist, contemporary context; pleasure, spiritual discernment, and the decorative meet the iconic, the painterly, and the performative in these pastel interior landscapes. Within these encounters, the possibility of radical transformation occurs affecting life in the physical, social, and political realms.
Barker received her B.A. from the University of Oregon (1996) and her M.A. and M.F.A. in Intermedia from the University of Iowa (2001).  Her work has appeared in Pacific Northwest venues such as Charles Hartman Fine Art, Disjecta, and the Art Gym and in publications such as New American Painting and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Her work was named the best show in Portland of 2014 by Art Ltd. magazine and has been reviewed in Art in America, the Oregonian, Willamette Week, Portland Monthly and Visual Arts Source.
PLANTS, BODIES, STARS, new paintings by Los Angeles based artist HAYLEY BARKER, will be on view in the Project Space from April 23 through May 26, 2016. The show will kick-off with a special preview and reception in Gallery 2 on Sunday, April 17th, from 2 to 5 p.m. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Her exhibition in the Project Space will run concurrent with the solo exhibitions of Kate Bonner and Margie Livingston, and an artists' reception will take place on Saturday, April 23rd, from 6 - 8 pm. 
For further information and images, please contact the gallery at 310-838-6000, or email gallery@luisdejesus.com.
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is located at 2685 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6pm, and by appointment.

Image:  Power Stance, 2016, oil on linen, 60 x 48 inches

Albatross Show March 2016

This March month I will have a "solo show" at Albatross in Portland, Oregon. Says the galery's website:

Albatross is a gallery consisting of a 3”x 4” (or 4”x 3”) plastic sleeve on a black lanyard. The front side will hold an original piece of art and the backside will contain information such as an artist bio, title, and price. Michael Reinsch will be wearing the gallery at art openings such as first Thursday and everyday through the duration of an exhibition.

Rob Pruitt's Flea Market

This Saturday and Sunday I will have a table at Rob Pruitt's Flea Market in downtown LA. Come by to check out some new drawings and/or just come say hello! Looking forward...


"Artists Make Good Theologians", By Sarah Sentilles, in Harvard Divinity Bulletin

In the new edition of The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, you will find Sarah Sentilles' review of "Apparition Hill" and Mary Szybist's book of poetry, Incarnadine. This article is based on a conversation we had back in May 2014 in the gallery.  An excerpt:

While Barker and Szybist talked about their creative practices, about “repurposing traditions” rather than abandoning them, I couldn’t help but think of the iconoclasts, who aimed their hammers at the parts of the sculptures that mattered most—their open eyes and their noses. Vision and breath. They didn’t destroy the statues. They didn’t leave them unrecognizable. They simply made them incomplete, broken, missing something essential, and the holes, the emptiness, made sure no viewer would forget they were artifice, constructed, lest people get confused, lest people think the painting of the saint is the saint herself...."

Art Ltd. Top 10 of 2014

"Apparition Hill" was recently named the #1 show in Portland in 2014 by the critics of Art Ltd. Magazine.
Read more here.

'Apparition Hill' Named Best Show of 2014, Art Ltd. Magazine

Art Ltds's Richard Speer names "Apparition Hill" the best show of 2014, calling them "dramatic paintings based on the artist’s pilgrimage to a mystic shrine in Herzegovina."

Jay DeFeo Trust Guest Commentary

Thrilled to share this guest post on the Jay DeFeo Trust's Facebook page and Tumblr.