WTP Central Studio Tour: Renae Barnard


Studio Tour: Renae Barnard


The Studio Tour series offers an inside peek into the work environments of WTP artists, as well as insight into their creative process within these resonate spaces.
By Jennifer Nelson, WTP Feature Writer
Renae Barnard is recognized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Leadership in Energy Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and by the International Institute for Bau-biologie® & Ecology as a Building Biologie Practitioner. She has recently completed projects in cooperation with the National Immigration Law Center and the City of Santa Monica Department of Cultural Affairs. She is a recipient of the Sue Arlen Walker and Harvey M. Parker Memorial Fellowship, the Armory Center for the Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship, The Ahmanson Annual Fellowship, Lincoln Fellowship Award, and Christopher Street West Art and Culture Grant.
For Renae Barnard, her studio is on the go. She weaves in her lap; bowls of salt mixture are evaporating on her front porch; she may rent out temporary spaces around Los Angeles as her projects require. For her most recent public work, at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California, she shared space with other artists in a large commercial building in Boyle Heights. “Sharing space with other artists on a short-term basis allows me the access to equipment I may need,” she says, “like a spray room, wood shop, or kiln without the financial burden of permanent overhead.”
Nevertheless, she faces challenges when sharing space, the main one in Los Angeles, not having a parking space. This meant that Barnard had to haul sculpture materials down a sidewalk to a metered parking space. “It’s not always the most convenient, but it’s manageable,” she says.
For two years, her studio was a tiny white box in Claremont, a city thirty miles east of Los Angeles, where she kept weaving and sewing materials, as well as tripods for her photography. Many of the materials were incorporated into works such as “Displaced Tinder,” a sculpture of twisted medical exam paper wound around school chairs.


With time, she has realized form through repetitive movements like weaving, sewing, and twisting motions. Now she is experimenting with other modes of accumulating form, including a series of fiber sculptures of cotton batting, upholstery foam, and polyester fiberfill scraps discarded by furniture manufacturers. These materials are supplemented with water-based paints by Dunn Edwards, salt, water-based glues, and vinegar. “I’m interested in the ways in which basic chemistry might create form beyond those achievable with my hands,” says Barnard.

To work, Barnard requires silence and solitude. She doesn’t want music, visitors, or lingering clutter. Her process is generally exploratory, allowing room for discovery along the path and at the finish. There’s an undercurrent of chaos that she’s always wrestling with. The outcome is not a literal display of the problem, nor is it offering a solution. It is a record of the thought process and the struggle: “I’m interested in examining our situations and hopefully moving beyond the place where we stand now.”



See Renae Barnard’s work in Vol. VI #4
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"Material World" Renae Barnard featured in Selvedge



Material World


Guest post by Abby Sin
At times language cannot adequately express the intricacies of our thoughts and desires. Artist Renae Barnard explore the poetics of materiality through handmade objects and ephemeral installations. Working with a range of fabrics and reclaimed materials such as blankets, jute and hemp rope, medical bed paper, rags, ribbon and lace scrap, Barnard’s compositions make a connection between materiality, perception, and time.
Indulging in the pleasure and tactility of making, these folded, twisted, and sewn objects are both destroyed by and reinforced with the repetitive gestures by which they are made. 'Many of my sculptures are worked within inches of collapse and reflect my attraction to the imperfect and the aged' says Barnard. The time consuming and ritualistic processes of braiding, weaving, stitching and hand-dying textiles highlights the delicacy and transience of the material. 'Why are attributes like softness and delicacy deemed “feminine”? And why are such qualities considered indicators of weakness?' These are just a few of the questions surrounding Barnard’s artwork.
Creating a material language to explore these nuanced precepts, Barnard combines her hand-made craft technique with elements of playful divergence and social commentary. 'I allow myself the sensitivity to make work that reveals both wounds and strengths, wrangling material out of an emotional response to feelings of tension. And so, my reason for making art is so that they might speak in my place, referencing issues that are uncomfortable and difficult to express in words.'


Issue 78 Substance

Selvedge is a magazine that acknowledges the significance of textiles as a part of everyone’s story.  We are surrounded by cloth from the cradle to the grave and by exploring our universal emotional connection to fibre we share the stories and values that mean the most to us. 
Featuring exhibitions, people, adventures and opinion, the blog is a meeting point for the Selvedge community and an entry point into the world of textiles for those looking for an original and broadening perspective.
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Temporary Shelter: Renae Barnard's MFA Exhibition


For Immediate Release: April 8, 2015

Contact: Jennifer Gracia

(909) 621-8071| jennifer.gracia@cgu.edu |  http://cgu.edu/art  | www.renaebarnard.com

 

Exhibition:                  Temporary Shelter: MFA Thesis Exhibition of Artist Renae Barnard            

Dates:                          April 27- May 1, 2015, 10am-5pm

Opening Reception:    Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6-8pm

Location:                     Claremont Graduate University, East Gallery

251 E. Tenth Street, Claremont, CA 91711

 

  Temporary Shelter: MFA Thesis Exhibition of Artist Renae Barnard

 

Claremont, CA –Claremont Graduate University presents Temporary Shelter: MFA Thesis Exhibition of Artist Renae Barnard, a solo exhibition of sculpture and installation.  Many of Barnard’s sculptures are worked within inches of collapse. The meticulously folded, twisted and sewn objects are both destroyed by and reinforced with the repetitive gestures by which they are made.

 
Renae Barnard is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. Barnard’s work has been shown at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Harriet & Charles Luckman Gallery, Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, SOMArts Gallery, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery, Grace Albrecht Gallery, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Peggy Phelps Gallery as well as screened at U.S. and international film festivals.

Barnard has been the recipient of many awards including but not limited to Outstanding Experimental Film, Sue Arlen Walker and Harvey M. Parker Memorial Fellowship, Armory Center for the Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship, Ahmanson Annual Fellowship, Christopher Street West Art & Culture Grant, Lincoln Fellowship Award and the Pasadena Arts Council Fiscal Sponsorship.  Barnard has spoken about her work at the Open Engagement Conference at the Queens Museum, NY, The Long Beach LGTBQ Film Festival, Shoshana Wayne Gallery and Los Angeles Municipal Gallery.

 

About Claremont Graduate University
The MFA program at Claremont Graduate University begins with the conviction that art is an enterprise that is intimately linked to the individuals who make it, often in ways that are not yet known to themselves or others. CGU is one of the seven members of the Claremont Consortium, which includes the five Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps) as well as the Keck Graduate Institute. The faculty, facilities and resources of these world-class institutions are available to MFA students

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Renae Barnard is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her work investigates the undeniable relationship between biology and culture as well as the potential and limits of these two forces. Barnard's work has been shown at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, SOMArts Gallery, Harriet & Charles Luckman Gallery, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery, Grace Albrecht Gallery and in a collection of local and international film festivals.

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Renae Barnard is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her work investigates the undeniable relationship between biology and culture as well as the potential and limits of these two forces. Barnard's work has been shown at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, SOMArts Gallery, Harriet & Charles Luckman Gallery, Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery, Grace Albrecht Gallery and in a collection of local and international film festivals.

Pathway Analysis Exhibition at Claremont City Hall



Pathway Analysis: An Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Emerging Artists
Free art exhibit to take place at City Hall from October 20th, 2014- February 9th, 2015.



Pathway Analysis presents eighteen works by fourteen emerging artists currently enrolled in Claremont Graduate University’s MFA Program. This exhibition continues a long tradition of highlighting MFA candidates in the galleries of Claremont City Hall. Pathway Analysis was curated by Renae Barnard and Jonathan Elder. It will be on display from October 20th, 2014 to February 9th, 2015.



Pathway Analysis celebrates the process of exploration and recognizes the intricacies involved in the movement from the conceptual to the physical. These experimental practices and open-ended methods of discovery allow viewers the opportunity to engage with a broad range of materials and artistic approaches. Abstract paintings by Jonathan Elder, Yirmi Ding, Yun Lung, Chas Schroeder and Stacy Wendt are in quiet conversation with figurative works by Dena Alswaidan, Cindy Gracia, Antoine Leonard and Lara Salmon.  Artists Iain Muirhead, Alice Perreault and Lilli Zhong combine traditional painting techniques with applied collage methods to create multi-faceted dimensional works, while Renae Barnard and Fang Li fashion sculptural objects from textile fibers imbued with references to the feminine and the domestic.

 

 

General Information:

Claremont City Hall

207 N Harvard Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

Telephone: (909) 399-5444

Monday –Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Admission: Free of charge

 




Pathway Analysis: An Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Emerging Artists


Free art exhibit to take place at City Hall from October 20th, 2014- February 9th, 2015.
 

Pathway Analysis presents eighteen works by fourteen emerging artists currently enrolled in Claremont Graduate University’s MFA Program. This exhibition continues a long tradition of highlighting MFA candidates in the galleries of Claremont City Hall. Pathway Analysis was curated by Renae Barnard and Jonathan Elder. It will be on display from October 20th, 2014 to February 9th, 2015.




Pathway Analysis celebrates the process of exploration and recognizes the intricacies involved in the movement from the conceptual to the physical. These experimental practices and open-ended methods of discovery allow viewers the opportunity to engage with a broad range of materials and artistic approaches. Abstract paintings by Jonathan Elder, Yirmi Ding, Yun Lung, Chas Schroeder and Stacy Wendt are in quiet conversation with figurative works by Dena Alswaidan, Cindy Gracia, Antoine Leonard and Lara Salmon.  Artists Iain Muirhead, Alice Perreault and Lilli Zhong combine traditional painting techniques with applied collage methods to create multi-faceted dimensional works, while Renae Barnard and Fang Li fashion sculptural objects from textile fibers imbued with references to the feminine and the domestic.

 

 

 

General Information:

Claremont City Hall

207 N Harvard Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

Monday-Friday 7am-6pm

Telephone: 909-399-5444

Admission: Free of charge

In Situ: A Summer Exhibition at Shoshana Wayne Gallery


Summer Group Show 
In-Situ

 
Renae Barnard, Hazing Period, 2014

Renae Barnard, Vera Bauluz, Tofer Chin, Abdul Mazid, & Patch Wright
In-Situ
July 19-September 06, 2014
Reception July 19, 2014 5pm-7pm

Shoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to present In-Situ, a summer group exhibition by emerging Los Angeles artists never before shown at the gallery.  Working in a variety of mediums, the selected works by Renae Barnard, Vera Bauluz, Tofer Chin, Abdul Mazid, and Patch Wright offer an invitation to think about the relationship between place and identity and the ways in which the artists' hand and materials of choice are inextricably linked to critique.  Here, each artist either re-purposes, re-articulates, or re-imagines a given material and imbues it with new life and new meaning.

Renae Barnard creates soft sculpture from paper, thread, and ribbon, materials and tactility typically associated with women and ascribed little consequence in the world.  Each of Barnard’s sculptures with their intricate twists, coils, folds, splits, and tears challenges the viewer to see beyond traditional and conventional modes  of identity representation.

Vera Bauluz presents found objects (janitor’s mops, brooms, and shoes) that alone have little meaning to the world aside from signifying another’s undesirable labor.  Bauluz covers these heavily coded objects with gold leaf and at once blurs the distinction between the mundane and the worthless with that of beauty and value.

Tofer Chin explores the relationship between architecture and the natural world, illuminating ease and delicacy in the angular and rigid with his paintings and sculptures.  As part of an ongoing series, Chin’s re-imagined stalagmites symbolize living and breathing beings in an environment.  They command attention while at the same time blending into their surroundings alluding to the contentious relationship between human and nature.

Abdul Mazid is a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist who selects materials already imbued with heavy symbolism (sports collectibles, glitter, razor wire, Middle Eastern rugs, etc) and re-works them until they have a specified social and political meaning.  For Mazid, born to a Syrian father and Mexican mother in California, identity and place inform much of his work.  Mazid’s singular coupling of mediums and ideas reflects his own experience of hybridity.

Patch Wright works in the realm of the uncanny creating objects that are simultaneously familiar and other worldly.  The chasm between the viewer’s perception/experience and the artist’s work is precisely the space from which Wright finds strength.  Demonstrating mastery over his materials, Wright pushes up against all conditions of possibility morphing the grotesque into the beautiful and the minute into the colossal.


For more information please contact Alana Parpal alana@shoshanawayne.com