Spirit Bodies: on the work of Hayley Barker, by Jennifer Remenchik


It’s not five minutes into the studio visit and we are already talking about trauma. Initially I feel self-conscious about this because I am always talking about trauma.

by Jennifer Remenchik

Read on in the Curate LA Blog....


We Made BEDSHIRTS!


Limited edition of 25
$50 Each
All are XXL
beddrawing by Hayley Barker
essay by Blair Saxon-Hill
designed by Antonia Pinter
hand-dyed & printed by Alex Seastrom in LA

Email me for your's.
hayleycbarker(at)gmail.com

Open Studio @ BozoMag: 13 PAINTINGS


Bozo Mag is pleased to announce "Open Studio", a showing of new works by Hayley Barker. 

This event will be the first in a series of engagements to occur in Bozo Mag's new, temporary location.

Opening reception: Sunday, February 4th, 2018
4-8PM

On view: 13 paintings by Hayley Barker

Also Featured: Selections from the "Bed Drawings" series. Copies of the second edition of "Vintage Self Help", a book of short essays on Trauma. Copies of "Beddrawings: Dark Goddesses, Queens, & Swamp Things", designed by Antonia Pinter. Limited-edition bedshirt in collaboration with Blair Saxon-Hill.

Open Sunday, February 4th until Friday, February 16th

Bozo Mag located: 5376 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016
(Enter on S. Burnside Avenue thru the Gate door.)

bozomag.com • 323 896 0712 for more info

Closing wil be Friday 2/16/18 from 7-10 PM!

BEDDRAWINGS: DARK GODDESSES QUEENS SWAMP THINGS


Buy the first book of Beddrawings!
DARK GODDESSES QUEENS SWAMP THINGS
2017
zine
Edition of 150


A selection from the first 350 drawings done during of the first year of beddrawing.....
Designed and edited by Antonia Pinter
For sale at Bozo Mag, Los Angeles

Feature Review of AMPM on Visual Art Source Online


Hayley Barker
Williamson/Knight, Portland, Oregon 
Recommendation by Richard Speer 

Continuing through February 24, 2018

Long a familiar presence in the Portland art scene, painter Hayley Barker has for the last three years been based in Los Angeles. In the mixed-media paintings that comprise “AMPM,” she depicts a goddess-like figure who confronts the viewer with an implacable visage, crowned by a floral headdress. Who is this proto-feminist idol, and is she a totem of pulchritude, fearsomeness, or both? Barker leaves such speculations to the viewer.  

The show’s title alludes to false dichotomies between day and night and the ways in which artists move fluidly between them. The painter has retained the dense jots and dashes that characterized her previous brushwork, but has pared back her lush impasto for a more graphical sensibility. Viewing the current compositions is like gazing through her older pictures with the benefit of X-ray vision: laying bare the maze of mark-making that undergirded those earlier works without the distraction of surface effects. The obsessively compact lines and reiteration of the same semblance in painting after painting yields fresh insights into the imagination of a painter intent upon themes of mysticism and metaphor.

AMPM at Williamson Knight + Reception: Friday, January 19, 2018


AMPM
Hayley Barker
January 19 – February 24, 2018
Reception: Friday, January 19, 2018
6:00 – 8:00pm
 
Williamson | Knight is pleased to announce AMPM, an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles artist Hayley Barker. The show will open January 19 and run through February 24, 2018. A reception will be held on Friday, January 19 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12:00 to 5:00pm.

AMPM—like the convenience store. You walk in, looking to quench some kind of thirst. You want quickness and reach around, grabbing for something that does the job. All day. All night. Like dreams and psychological states. Spiritual experiences that you ultimately enter—knowing delicacy or disappointment. There is a little bit of everything in the store, but maybe not exactly what you want. Maybe it’s not enough. 

In dreams and in shamanic meditation, there comes a flow of both spiritual and mundane imagery. Messages from guides and one’s intuition. Meetings with spirits, goddesses, and versions of my-self. The paintings are self portraits; they are icons—reminders of who I have met, been, and could be in vast internal realms. They start with the “beddrawings” then become paintings. They include text and faces which come intuitively in morning drawing practices and reveal a woman-looking self in a slightly awake state. This is a state of desire, anger, exhaustion, and anxiety, all at once. 
+Vintage Self-Help, a new book of writings by the artist, will be released and available during the opening reception.

(Above Studio Photo of HB by Trulee Grace Hall (c) 2018)

It's OK


Charlie James Gallery is pleased to present “IT’S OK. ↘” a group exhibition curated by Sacha Baumann, featuring Nadege Monchera Baer, Hayley Barker, Megan Mueller, Stephen Neidich, Kottie Paloma, Molly Segal, and Luke Whitlatch.
 
John Laroche: You know why I like plants?
Susan Orlean: Nuh uh.
John Laroche: Because they're so mutable. Adaptation is a profound process. Means you figure out how to thrive in the world.
Susan Orlean: Yeah but it's easier for plants. I mean they have no memory. They just move on to whatever's next. With a person though, adapting is almost shameful. It's like running away.
excerpt from Adaptation, screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, adapted from the book, The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean
 
Seven artists explore the profound process of adaptation, eschewing any shame. In fact, it’s OK to adapt in an effort to be well-suited for the current moment or for an imagined future, despite the awkwardness mutability may expose. The artists employ disparate approaches: adjusting art practice to the space in which it is displayed, creating icons based on truths, adapting by moving on, creating armors for  protection and dazzling displays, to both attract suitors and repel enemies. In “IT’S OK. ↘” adaptation is playful, practical, anticipatory, necessary, and sometimes excessive.
 
Nadege Monchera Baer’s mixed media drawing-paintings migrate between two poles, one that is intuitive and abstract and another built by definitive concepts. For this exhibition the work primarily begun in the latter mode of a specific event and then completed through the former exploratory path, allowing gesture, pattern and layering to animate and release inherently frozen moments into a complex less fixed and known, ultimately transformative. Hayley Barker's paintings and drawings are self portraits; they are icons. Images start with “beddrawings” and then become paintings. They include text and faces which come intuitively in morning drawing practices and reveal a woman-looking self in a variety of psychological states. Her small works draw from the worlds of dreams, mystical states and the mundane. Megan Mueller’s images are created by placing objects and photographs on a flatbed scanner, often inviting gesture and ambient light to distort the capturing of information.  Her projects engage gravity, the peripheral and timekeeping through an ongoing investigation of the spaces where the built and natural environment merge. Kottie Paloma’s new paintings are composed of muted colors and text portraying a rough poetry of daily life in which he describes as abstract narratives leading the viewer into snippets or chapters of a yet to be completed book. His sculptures evoke the idea of reuse, form over function, and serve as the 3-D component of his narrative style. Stephen Neidich’s kinetic sculptures are made of industrial metal objects and tools found in the studio and the outside world.  They leverage our familiarity of everyday objects against the experience and performance of making art. These gestural spinning and rotating sculptures make plain how, and from what materials they are made—they relish in the acrobatics of their production. Molly Segal’s paintings of oil fields, dying thistles, cacti, and cockroaches serve as reminders of cyclical interdependence.  She is concerned with the costs and limits of intimacy. The use of water-media on slick nonporous surfaces reveal what happens when boundaries begin to blur and bleed.  Luke Whitlatch’s mixed media paintings are visual representation of the ghosts of lore and personal experience. They are physical representation of the gray area involved in the passing on of stories. These abstract works act as a memorial for specific experiences that cannot be conveyed through conventional imagery.

About the curator: Sacha Baumann is an artist, designer, and arts business professional living and working in downtown Los Angeles. She is the curator and publisher of FULL BLEDE, a free, independent contemporary broadsheet featuring art, writing and design; Issue Four: The Pattern is currently in production. Sacha is a Master of Art, Art Business candidate at Claremont Graduate University, Sotheby's Institute of Art / Drucker School of Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communication from San Francisco State University.

Fresh Start at LAVA projects


The exhibition opening reception is Sunday Jan 14th from 4 - 7pm. and has 29 fab artists in it. @lava_projects

Ceci Moss with her mobile Gas Gallery will be parked outside for the opening too!  @gasdotgallery

Fresh Start will run January 14 through February 25th.
 

Shows this Winter 2018


"Fresh Start," Group Show: LAVA Projects, Los Angeles, Opens 1/14/18

"AMPM," Solo Exhbition: Williamson Knight, Portland OR, January 2018

Group show at Charlie James, Chinatown, LA, Opens 1/22/18

Group Show curated by Laurie Nye: Big Pictures Los Angeles, February 2018

(Image above, "Zero Tolerance" is part of the Angry Suite of #wrongpen #wrongpaper Bedddrawings to be shown at WIlliamson Knight in January 2018)

The Binder of Women


Limited Edition box of prints by 10 LA Artists:
Lindsey Lyons
Laurie Nye
Hilary Pecis
Kysa Johnson
Maysha Mohamedi
Erin Morrison
Michelle Blade (not pictured)
Hayley Barker
Claire Collette
Jamie Felton

Release party at The Pit on December 3rd!

The Binder is also available on https://www.thebinderofwomen.com/
 
Binder of Women is an artist-run project creating a collective folio of limited edition works. Artists Hayley Barker, Michelle Blade, Claire Colette, Jamie Felton, Kysa Johnson, Lindsey Lyons, Maysha Mohamedi, Erin Morrison, Laurie Nye, and Hilary Pecis have contributed works on paper ranging from representational and unique paintings to abstract and gestural forms with pressed paper for this first release. The project offers twenty limited edition sets containing a signed work by each of the ten artists.
 
Conceptualized in Los Angeles this year by painter Hilary Pecis, Binder of Women is an independent platform for contemporary artists to directly share their work as they see fit. This is a unified move to empower female artists, expand their reach, broach the topic of equality and consent in the art world, and take action to grow the number of works by female identifying artists in contemporary art collections.

LA Weekly Pick, Week of August 16, 2017


5 Free Art Shows to See in L.A. This Week
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017 
 
By Catherine Wagley
 
Goddess ghosts
A face painted on plastic hangs at the top of the carpeted stairs leading up to Abode Gallery. You have to push past it or duck under it to enter the rest of the space, where Hayley Barker has installed her exhibition “New Paintings” (nomadic exhibition program BozoMag is presenting the show while Abode’s founder, Katie Bode, takes a break until fall). In an elegant handout placed on the mantel, Barker describes these paintings as spirits, guides and goddesses. The faces she depicts appear vaguely feminine and vague in general. It’s hard to tell where the speckles and marks end and the face begins in a painting hanging inside the defunct fireplace. The figure in BAT TIME (hands cover face), hanging above a kitchen table, is ghostly and obscured by flowerlike shapes, as if she’s haunting a garden on a rainy day. 840 N. Wilton Place, Hollywood; through Aug. 27. bozomag.com

 

Install Pics Up


Install picks of New Paintings are up!

I'll be gallery sitting this Sunday August 13th from 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Come by and see the show.

XO

#beddrawings & slow jamz


This Sunday, 7/30/17, join me, the #beddrawing binders, and Bozo Mag for slow jamz and pink wine in my show, NEW PAINTINGS at Abode. 

840 N Wilton Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Gallery hours Sundays through 8/27, noon- 5pm.



 

New Paintings, Bozo Mag at Abode, Opens Sunday 7/16/17 5-8pm


Bozo Mag is pleased to announce, “New Paintings”
by Hayley Barker at Abode. 

These are the faces of spirits and guides, goddesses, and sometimes versions of myself, disembodied, that I meet when I journey. When I meet someone new in shamanic meditation I try to feel them, their energy. I try to discern their faces, and features, but oftentimes am left with little more than a shifting impression of their facial sphere. I may be listening to one speak for a long time, but barely be able to see their face. I feel I know them, even though I cannot fully see them. They are felt, known through not seeing. 
Each one tests my ability to discern subtle energies. 
When I am scared I tend to want to leave my body, but these guides are teaching me to stay in my body, even when
I cannot see the being right in front of me.


This exhibition will be on view from Sunday, July 16th, until Sunday, August 27th.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday from 5pm to 8pm at 840 North Wilton Place.

Opening hours will proceed on every Sunday, from 12pm to 5pm, until Sunday, August 27th.
840 North Wilton Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038

bozomag.com • 310 773 8287 for more info

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 or go to the Bozo Mag Store, link above.
 
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.

TOP
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
 
WOMEN ON THE FENCE
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

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:

OPENING:
Saturday, June 18, 2016 8-11PM

CLOSING:
July 10, 2016 7-9PM

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

www.egyptianart.la

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


PRESS RELEASE:
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

PLANTS BODIES STARS at Luis De Jesus LA


PRESS RELEASE:
Project Space: APRIL 23 - MAY 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 23rd, 6-8 PM
 
SPECIAL PREVIEW: Sunday, April 17, 2-5 PM
(RSVP)
 
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.
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