An art practice is formed by guiding principles. They exist and persist through medium, series and subject matter. Such as: ways of seeing, a manipulation of the abstract image, the secrets within pattern or mosaic, or visually describing impossible landscapes. Creating a hum—a visual reverberation—with intention to break habitual patterns of thought via time spent in both considered observation as well as casual viewing. There are processes undertaken as part of a quest to depict the inner mind, and to challenge the hand to remain limitless in it’s ability to represent all that exists between our perceived reality and the unknown self.
Recent works depict visual patterns, codes and text-combinations sourced from our contemporary Digital Age, placed along forms appreciated for either their naturalistic authenticity, their spiritual reference or (mis)understood aesthetic purity—visual exercises to open the consciousness to perception beyond the reach of the intellect. The work itself ranges from abstraction to figurative-yet-anonymous silhouettes, both small-size and on a grander scale, often as pixel-mosaic-filled stone forms. And in addition, wall sculpture incorporating geometric patterns, symbols and coded writing from both analog or virtual sources.
Steven Barich grew up in California, USA on a mix of punk rock, hip-hop and visual art. He received a MFA from Mills College (2001) and a BFA from the California College of the Arts (1997). Barich lived for 5 years in the Netherlands, which he considers a unique post-graduate education/perspective unattainable in America. Exhibitions include solo shows at Branch Gallery (USA), Rowan Morrison Gallery (USA) and The Compound Gallery (USA), as well as group exhibitions at Southern Exposure (USA), The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (USA), the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (NL), TENT Center for Contemporary Art (NL) and Curators without Borders (D).
He currently lives and works at the Moinhos do Dão, Portugal.