April 11, 2012

Sadie Barnette "Everything, All the Time, Always" solo exhibition at Double Break

Sadie Barnette
Everything, All the Time, Always

Exhibition Opening Reception: April 13, 2012 (6—10pm). Free.
Exhibition runs through May 12

Double Break is thrilled to announce Everything, All the Time, Always, a solo exhibition of new work by 
Sadie Barnette. Using drawing, photography, and objects, Barnette constructs “a visual language system out of sub-culture codes and West Coast vernacular, economic formalism, text, and abstractions.” Her work stems from an investment in place and location, though it is the notion of specificity itself, rather than any specific locale that she is most compelled by. Projecting outwards from a place, say Oakland, California, she is invested in the study of location, the “weight and content of the specificity of the local.” This study begins in one place, but it can go anywhere. Specificity is universal; Barnette’s findings are urgent. The poetics of her gesture and the fineness of her line illuminate this urgency, these fragile yet tenacious binaries. It is within the sumptuousness of brilliant, saturated color in a lush tumble of sneaker-laces; the allure and impossibility of a sky made of glitter; the harsh perfection of the grid, flexible but absolute; and the velvet, tactile softness of graphite that an uncompromising yet generous commitment to the real and the specific lie. In Barnette’s work, what is at stake is “the gravity of the urban as fantasy; extra-legal economies; luxury as drug; counterfeit capitalism; glitter as hypnotic; outer space as head space; the everyday as gold, family, and lived identity experience; and the party.”

For Everything, All the Time, Always, Barnette will take over the entirety of Double Break—from front window to back wall—filling the space with a combination of large-scale graphite drawings, color photographs, site-specific wall-works, editioned multiples, and discreetly altered found objects. Furthering her explorations of place and location through the specificity of the gallery/shop context, Double Break—gallery and shop, local arts venue and regional/national cultural space, microcosm and macrocosm—will serve as an “inset” of focused investigation within the territory of Barnette’s broader personal and cultural purview. In taking over the space entirely, she will highlight and attend to the symbiotic nature of the gallery/shop relationship, creating a unique viewing experience unlike anything yet seen at Double Break.

We look forward to seeing you at the opening, and also, please come back for a special Closing Party with Broken Heart Tattoo on Saturday, May 12, 2012!

Double Break
1821 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
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