Jennifer Bartlett The Studio Inside Out

May 18 - Jun 30, 2011

Jennifer Bartlett, Bridge

Bridge, 2011, oil on canvas (diptych), 36 x 72 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Grasses

Grasses, 2011, oil on canvas (diptych), 36 x 72 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Iris

Iris, 2011, oil on canvas (diptych), 60 x 120 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Path

Path, 2011, oil on canvas (diptych), 60 x 120 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Pond

Pond, 2011, oil on canvas (diptych), 48 x 96 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Rose

Rose, 2011, oil on canvas (diptych), 72 x 144 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Bridge and Pond

Bridge and Pond, 2010, oil on canvas (diptych), 48 x 96 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Hinoki Cypress

Hinoki Cypress, 2010, oil on canvas (diptych), 36 x 72 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Juniper

Juniper, 2010, oil on canvas (diptych), 60 x 120 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Two Boulders

Two Boulders, 2010, oil on canvas (diptych), 48 x 96 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Two Feet of Snow

Two Feet of Snow, 2010, oil on canvas (diptych), 72 x 144 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, White Pine

White Pine, 2010, oil on canvas (diptych), 72 x 144 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Axis

Axis, 2011, enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates, 38 x 38 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Broken Continuous Line

Broken Continuous Line, 2011, enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates, 75 x 75 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Dots

Dots, 2011, enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates, 75 x 57 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Large Medium Small Dots

Large Medium Small Dots, 2011, enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates, 75 x 57 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Lg. M. Sm. 1-500 Vertical

Lg. M. Sm. 1-500 Vertical, 2011, enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates, 57 x 75 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Multi-Colored Lines

Multi-Colored Lines, 2011, enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates, 39 x 39 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Plaid

Plaid, 2011, enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates, 39 x 39 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Sm. M. Lg. 1-1000 Horizontal

Sm. M. Lg. 1-1000 Horizontal, 2011, enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates, 57 x 75 inches

Jennifer Bartlett, Two Surfaces

Two Surfaces, 2011, enamel over silkscreen grid on baked enamel steel plates, 57 x 57 inches

press release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present The Studio Inside Out, an exhibition of new paintings by Jennifer Bartlett, on view May 18th through June 30th, 2011. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, June 3rd, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Bartlett will exhibit large-scale diptych paintings that are inspired by her environment - her first year working in a new studio and garden in Brooklyn designed by the artist. Bartlett’s working environment has consistently influenced her artwork and has also served as an extension of her artistic practice.

Starting in the late 1960s, Bartlett lived and worked in SoHo where, informed by the movement towards conceptual art and the city’s industrial streetscape, she developed her signature steel-plate painting technique. During this period, she titled a series of these paintings after the addresses of her and fellow artists’ studios as an acknowledgement of her artistic community. In the 1980s Bartlett’s West Village home, a converted industrial space, became a multi-story lab for her large-scale commissions and paintings that evolved to include sculptural objects. Bartlett described her conceptual interest in the home in 1978: “The house is also just a given image that I work with. It is like a throwaway, and its construction is very abstract... My interest is in how it can be done rather than what the image is.”

During a year spent in Nice, France (1979-80) Bartlett produced nearly 200 drawings in a monumental series titled, In the Garden. Since the 1990s Bartlett has spent summers working in Amagansett, NY, where she paints the coastal landscape. The California-bred artist may never be psychologically far from the left coast; as Robert Hughes wrote, her paintings “speak of a need for location in the world - in light, wind, water, all the shimmering epidermis of experience.”

Jennifer Bartlett (b. Long Beach, CA, 1941) received her B.A. from Mills College, CA, and her B.F.A. (1964) and M.F.A. (1965) from Yale University, CT. Her works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, TX; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; and The Tate Gallery, London, England, among others.

Bartlett has been the subject of one person exhibitions at institutions including the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Brooklyn Museum, NY; The Tate Gallery, London, England; Baltimore Art Museum, MD; and The Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT.

This is Jennifer Bartlett’s tenth solo exhibition at Locks Gallery.

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Jun 12, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer