On view at our new “Culver City” location, a solo exhibition of new oil paintings by Los Angeles artist Chris Barnard and a three-person show with works by Sayre Gomez, Sean Townley and Bobbi Woods.
Chris Barnard’s “Toward Trinity” questions the systems that celebrate our military and technological achievements and offers a new approach to familiar narratives about power and spectatorship. It is a critique of our contemporary US culture - one that is increasingly in a state of militarization and perpetual war, yet seemingly desensitized or resigned to it.
Employing techniques and mechanisms inherent to different pictorial traditions, such as history painting (popularly utilized to glorify imperial conquests), American 19th-century landscape painting (used to invoke Manifest Destiny, an ideological dominion over the land), and European religious paintings (produced to convey reverence and incite obedience), Barnard’s new work addresses the contentious relationship between the veneration of the American military-industrial complex and the ecological damage and human suffering caused by it. Using space, color and texture, he draws attention to issues of surface and substance - what is real, what is fabricated, and how media affect its interpretation.
Barnard was born 1977 and lives and works in Los Angeles, where he teaches at the University of Southern California. He received his MFA from USC’s Roski School of Fine Art in 2005 and his BA from Yale University in 1999. His work has been presented at the Denison Museum of Art, Sam Lee Gallery, Taylor de Cordoba Gallery, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, The Art Students League of New York, and numerous group exhibitions, including Shut Up and Keep Swimming, Jail Gallery; Theologies of Complexity, Cal-State Long Beach; and Supersonic2 at Wight Gallery/UCLA.
Sayre Gomez, Sean Townley and Bobbi Woods are based in Los Angeles and studied at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.