Chris Barnard, ‘Accomplice’, 2016, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

Studio visit with Chris Barnard http://www.gorkysgranddaughter.com/2014/05/chris-barnard-may-2014.html
Chris Barnard | Artist Statement | January 2018

In my practice I wrestle with the politics of painting. In terms of a studio philosophy (or stance), I believe I cannot divorce who I am as an artist from who I am as a person, nor can my paintings be divorced from the questions with which I grapple. I’m constantly thinking about the world and its pressing problems, and then asking myself if and how responding through painting might prove interesting, relevant, or productive. This has been at the core of my work for the past 15 years. I rarely think solely about painting (or art, more broadly) and its histories; rather, like many others, I draw inspiration from across domains, disciplines, and discourses. While topical foci evolve, my enduring goal is to make work that resonates with people of varied backgrounds and expertise, and brings them into dialogue about pressing social and political issues.

To address conceptual concerns, my paintings reflect various levels of representation. Some are tightly rendered and others are painted more loosely with abstract mark-making, saturated colors, and surreal, fictional and/or inverted imagery. Using space, color and texture, I draw attention to surface and substance: what is real, what is made up, and how media affect what we see and how we see it. In my work, imagery often vies for the viewer’s attention against paint’s material qualities—flat, slick, oily, drippy, washy, thick, chunky, matte, and so on. Likewise, intense colors battle their opposites. Often I am making paintings that are about conflict of some kind and making them in ways that reflect some internal struggle, where each aspect of a painting—i.e., imagery, materials, even my presence evidenced by composition or marks—works to assert itself and in so doing stimulates viewers to consider (and reconsider) associations.

In my process I endeavor to find a synergy between conceptual inspiration, material exploration, and self-examination. My studio practice is ideas-driven and inquiry-based. Looking across all of my work, there are no singularly consistent formal properties, and yet I hope that viewers get a sense of my overarching commitment to acknowledging my influences and celebrating my visceral proclivities, while problematizing them, too. Additionally, in a recurring fashion over nearly two decades of painting, a work in one series can act as a seed for the next; similarly, formal attributes from one series reappear in another several years later. In this way, I sometimes equate my trajectory to a kind of orbit, where I come back around to particular methods, formal properties, or ideas, as inspired.

Solo Exhibitions
2018 Armillaria (forthcoming), Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville College, Maryville, TN
2017 Root Rot, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2015 White Tide, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Bounty, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles at VOLTA/NY, New York, NY
2013 Engagement Party, Cummings Arts Center, Connecticut College, New London, CT
2011 Toward Trinity, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Full Spectrum Dominance, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 No Exit, Luis De Jesus | Seminal Projects, San Diego, CA
2007 The Great Divide, Denison Museum, Granville, OH
The Big Picture(s), Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2005 Out of Touch, f2 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Based on a True Story, F-Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Taste, Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Group Exhibitions
2017 City-wide Exhibition, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Pictures of Nothing (curated by Arie Akkermans, with catalog), Pg Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
The Plot Thickens (curated by Martha Willette Lewis), The Gallery at the Institute Library, New Haven, CT
2016 Holiday Exhibition, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
City-wide Exhibition, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Faculty Exhibition, Cummings Arts Center, Connecticut College, New London, CT
2015 Both One and Another, (juried by Jaclyn Conley), Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT
City-wide Exhibition, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Improvised Showboat #6, (curated by Zach Keeting and Lauren Britton), Fountain Street Studios, Pawtucket, RI
2014 City-wide Exhibition, Artspace, New Haven, CT
2013 The New World, (curated by Roman Stollenwerk), Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Group Exhibition, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
City-wide Exhibition, Artspace, New Haven, CT
2012 The New Americana, (inaugural exhibition of 24 Hrs./25 Days), New Capital, Chicago, IL
Free Your Mind, Awaken Your Spirit, Friends Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Faculties, Helen Lindhurst Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Gallery Artists, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
Backyard, Sam Lee Gallery at the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA
The Triennial 2010: Faculty Artists from IU’s Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University Museum, Bloomington, IN
2009 Group Exhibition, Sam Lee Gallery at the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA
Shut Up and Keep Swimming, Jail Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007 This is My Country, Luis De Jesus | Seminal Projects, San Diego, CA
Perception (two-person exhibit with Zach Kleyn), ((echo)) long beach, Long Beach, CA
Nexus, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Other Visions + Other Strategies, Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Inaugural Group Show, Taylor de Cordoba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Systematics: Theologies of Complexity, Werby Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2005 drive by and reLAX, Upspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
MFA Exhibition, Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Juried Exhibit, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA
Supersonic2, LA Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
Inaugural Exhibition, f2 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Dark Side of the Sun, Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Good Thru: 11/2/03, F-Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Best-in-Show, The Art Students League of NY, New York, NY
2000 Group Show—Painting, The Art Students League of NY, New York, NY

Art Fairs
2009 LA Art Fair, (Luis de Jesus | Seminal Projects), Santa Monica, January
2008 Aqua Art Miami, Wynwood (Luis de Jesus | Seminal Projects), Miami, December
2007 Aqua Art Miami, Wynwood (Luis de Jesus | Seminal Projects), Miami, December
Red Dot Miami (Sam Lee Gallery), December

Selected Publications and Online Features
2017 Akkermans, Ari. “Paintings About the Intersection of Architecture and White Privilege”, Hyperallergic, June 2. https://hyperallergic.com/383117/paintings-about-the-intersection-of-architecture-and-white-privilege/
2016 Roy, Lesley. “Chris Barnard: The Art of Inquiry”, New Haven Magazine, February 2016.
2015 Black, Ezrha Jean. “Chris Barnard at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles”, Artillery Magazine, November 2015.
2014 “Chris Barnard at VOLTA NY”, Installation Magazine, April 4. http://installationmag.com/chris-barnard-volta-ny/
“Chris Barnard, May 2014”, Gorky’s Granddaughter, May 24.
http://www.gorkysgranddaughter.com/2014/05/chris-barnard-may-2014.html
Selz, Gabrielle. “Viewer Engagement a Priority at VOLTA NY,” Hamptons Art Hub, March 8.
2013 Goldner, Liz. “The New World,” Artscene, Volume 32, Number 7, March.
Solis, Jamie. “The New World: Arts & Culture Pick of the Week,” Inland Empire Weekly, February 27-March 5.
2012 Ise, Claudine. “It isn't just art—now you can participate,” Chicago Tribune, December 6.
2011 Moret, A. “Chris Barnard: ‘Toward Trinity’ at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles,” art ltd., November/December 2011.
Knight, Christopher. “Landscapes with Nuclear Power,” Los Angeles Times, September 30.
Harnish, Tracy. “Chris Barnard at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles,” Artweek.LA, September 24.
2010 Knight, Christopher. “Chris Barnard at Sam Lee Gallery,” Los Angeles Times, February 19.
2008 Hale, James. “Risk and Responsibility,” Denison Magazine, Volume 98, No. 4, Summer.
2007 Miles, Travis. “On ‘Nexus’ at Sam Lee Gallery,” Saatchi Gallery Online Magazine, August 29.
Mayr, Bill. “Thought-provoking displays reflect cultures, chaos,” The Columbus Dispatch,
December 20.
2005 Brown-Heigel, Sara. “Art celebrates LA utopia,” Daily Trojan, September 29.

Residencies/Awards/Distinctions
2017 Grant Recipient, R.F. Johnson Faculty Development Fund, Connecticut College
Grant Recipient, Hodgkins Untenured Faculty Development Fund, Connecticut College
Grant Recipient, Research Matters Fund, Connecticut College
2016 Residency and Artist’s Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
Grant Recipient, Research Matters Fund, Connecticut College
2015 Selection, Curator-led tours, City-wide Open Studios, New Haven, CT
Grant Recipient, Research Matters Fund, Connecticut College
Grant Recipient, Susan Eckert Lynch Fellowship, Connecticut College
2014 Selection, Curator-led tours, City-wide Open Studios, New Haven, CT
Grant Recipient, Susan Eckert Lynch Fellowship, Connecticut College
2013 Selection, Curator-led tours, City-wide Open Studios, New Haven, CT
Residency and Artist’s Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Residency, C.R.E.T.A. Rome Artist-in-Residence, Rome, Italy
Residency, Summer Residency, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Residency, Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY*
Grant Recipient, Research Matters Fund, Connecticut College
Grant Recipient, R.F. Johnson Faculty Development Fund, Connecticut College
2012 Grant Recipient, R.F. Johnson Faculty Development Fund, Connecticut College
Grant Recipient, Hodgkins Untenured Faculty Development Fund, Connecticut College
2009 Grant Recipient, Denison University Research Fund
2008 Grant Recipient, Denison University Research Fund
2004 Fellowship Recipient, USC, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Nominee, USC, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Fellowship Recipient, USC, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Red Dot: Best-in-Show Award, The Art Students League of NY, New York, NY

  • denotes residency awarded but not attended due to overlapping timeframe

Teaching and Work Experience
2012- Assistant Professor of Art, Connecticut College, New London, CT
2010-12 Lecturer, USC Roski School of Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2009-10 Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2007-09 Assistant Professor of Painting, Denison University, Granville, OH
2005-07 Adjunct Faculty, USC, Los Angeles, CA
2005-07 Webmaster/designer, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Adjunct Faculty, California State University-Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
2003-05 Teaching Assistant, USC, Los Angeles, CA
2004-05 Teacher (Foundations and Digital Media), ReachLA Summer Workshop, Los Angeles, CA

Lectures/Panels
2010 Painting: Dead or Alive?, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
2009 The Great Divide, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Collections
United States Embassy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT
Wellington Management, LLP, Boston, MA
Private Collections in the U.S.A. and Switzerland

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