Abstraction: Ivan Barnett '69

Patina Gallery

As director of Patina Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., Ivan Barnett BFA '69 (Illustration) attends to the myriad details of his gallery's operation. First and foremost, though, he is an artist. "Abstraction" is Barnett's sixth Patina exhibition and the latest in a career that spans more than four decades.

Mobiles have long been a fascination for 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. Both represent abstractions.

Evolving from earlier works, Barnett’s new mobiles are composed using abstract shapes cut from thin sheets of toothy, oxidized steel. By pigmenting them flat black and applying accents from a carefully mixed color palette, each of the new mobiles 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 (now UArts) 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. Barnett’s works reside in the New Mexico Museum of Art and he is one of the few living artists whose pieces can be found at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.

Considered one of the most beautiful galleries in Santa Fe, Patina represents more than 100 American and European artists working in the media of clay, wood, sculpture and fine art jewelry. Now in its 15th year, Patina is an international destination for soul stirring works of contemporary craft and design.

Artist Reception: December 6, 5 – 7 p.m.

Patina Gallery
131 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
United States

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