Upcoming @ Park Life - Sadie Barnette and Ian JohnsonJune 14th, 2011
Opening reception: Friday July 8th, 6-10pm
Show runs July 8th to August 14th, 2011
Park Life Gallery
220 Clement St
SF CA 94118
Park Life is proud to present Last Time It Was Gray, a two-person exhibit featuring the work of Sadie Barnette & Ian Johnson.
Bay Area artists Sadie Barnette and Ian Johnson come together to exhibit a new body of work featuring their respective styles; figurative elements that they inextricably link to their own versions of what could be referred to as a ‘new abstraction’. Incorporating different but overlapping dramatic visual narratives into their work, Barnette and Johnson offer their engaging works on paper, drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations in a collaborative event. Their works address and give insight into themes that include popular culture, class, consumerism, music, gender roles and contemporary art. Providing only fragments of information, the completion of the storylines, images and thoughts are left to be formed in the minds of the individual viewers.
Sadie uses drawing, photography, and objects to construct a visual language out of sub-culture codes, west coast vernacular, geometric formalism and economy. She activates meaning and power in anonymous faces, signs for nothing, and negative space.
Her work allows simple forms and gestures to present ideas of social chaos, the fragility of being, ecstasy and the impossible.
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Bio: Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, California. She received her BFA from CalArts in 2006, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.
Ian Johnson’s style and visual language has an instantly recognizable character and unique voice. His work draws its structures and graphic impact from his scope of influences that includes Jazz music, literature, and film. Johnson adds elements of abstraction giving his compositions the expressive immediacy and elevated moods that are rooted in the culture and histories he references. His paintings and drawings incorporate elegantly drafted elements of figurative line work and abstract patterns that combine with color building on his established and ongoing visual narrative.
Bio: Ian Johnson was born in Syracuse, New York and lives and works in San Francisco. He is the Creative Director of Western Edition Skateboarding.