May 20 — July 1, 2017
Current and Alternate Realities
Conduit Gallery is honored to announce a solo exhibition of paintings by Susan Barnett: Current and Alternate Realities.
With a background in Psychology and Social Relations, Susan Barnett’s painting practice has flourished in creating a psychological tension between geometric shapes that emerge and disappear into constant gridded grounds. These past experimentations with pure non-objective abstraction and geometry have given way to elements informed by current events and provide a kind of pictorial representation of Barnett’s experience of news events over the past twelve months. Many of the paintings conflate current events and alternative realities, creating fictional landscapes that survey, as Barnett states, “the political chaos of today.” In addition, other paintings are drawn directly from Barnett’s personal history where childhood memories and current events collide.
Susan Barnett earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Southern Methodist University in 2008, an M.A. in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, New York, NY and a B.A. in Social Relations from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA in 1973. Since earning her M.F.A in 2008 she has exhibited in such venues as: Potter Art Gallery, St. Joseph, MO; Encore Gallery and Fechin Meseum, Taos NM; Museum of Geometric & MADI Art, Dallas, TX Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; Hulse/Warman Gallery, Taos, NM; Southwest College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA; McKinney Ave Contemporary, Dallas, TX and the Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM. Susan Barnett lives and works in Dallas, TX and Taos, NM.