Santa Fe's Patina Gallery Announces "Abstraction," an Exhibition of Works from Artist Ivan Barnett: The Exhibition Opens December 6 and Runs through Decembe
Mobiles have long been a fascination for artist, Ivan Barnett, and he returns to them periodically. "Abstraction" presents his most recent mobiles and also introduces photographs captured on a trip to China last year. This is Barnett's sixth Patina exhibition and the latest in a career that spans more than four decades. The exhibition opens December 6 and runs through December 29, 2013.
Evolving from earlier works, Barnett's new mobiles are composed using abstract shapes cut from thin sheets of toothy, oxidized steel. He pigments them flat black and sparingly applies a carefully mixed color palette. Each mobile is a composition of pure design.
His interest in design is also reflected in the photography. Barnett's images are close ups of ordinary features encountered in China's urbanscapes. He shows us a detail of an aged, crackled tarp or painted sidewalk whose scuffed and marred surface takes on a painterly patina. We see how his eye is drawn to shape, color and composition, the same fascination he explores through his mobiles.
After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Art In 1969, Barnett was drafted into the Army and worked as an illustrator at the Pentagon. Upon discharge, he moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he began his artist life in earnest. He rose to prominence with a series of weather vanes based upon early American ones found throughout the region and today is known as one of the first contemporary artists to freshly interpret the American folk idiom.