9.Dec 23 - 3.Feb 24
Julia Whitney Barnes
17.Nov 22 - 27.Jan 23
Exhibitions > Julia Whitney Barnes
Nov. 17, 2022 – Jan. 27, 2023
Opening: Art Cologne gallery tour Nov. 17th, 6 – 9 pm
This year we are more than delighted to present the outstanding work by Julia Whitney Barnes.
Julia Whitney Barnes creates paintings and site-specific installations in a variety of public and private venues. Her maximalist work is inspired by historic herbariums, patterned surfaces from around the world, ornate architectural elements, stained-glass windows, paintings from every time period, but first and foremost by nature. There is a directness to the link between botany and the cyanotype photogram technique because of the physical plant leaving its mark.
“I am most interested in creating objects that feel both beautiful and mysterious. I want each painting to be familiar yet slightly outside of time. These works symbolize resilience and the process speaks to a kind of gutting and reconstituting. There’s an object, then a ghost of the object, and then the reassertion of the object. The final work isn’t the actual flora and fauna, but instead, a record of my will to bring them back.”
– Julia Whitney Barnes
This new body of work is a series of works on paper that combine layers of watercolor, gouache, and India ink over unique cyanotypes printed on cotton paper. The imagery created through the cyanotype process becomes an underpainting or grisaille and the artist combines multiple exposures and toning before the introduction of brushed on multi-hued pigments. The paintings depict botanical arrangements that allude to different seasons and times of day. Julia Whitney Barnes approaches each growing thing with equal importance, whether it is a weed, a rare species, a wildflower or a cultivated plant. Using cyanotype, Whitney Barnes processes physical prints of plants preserved from her Hudson Valley New York garden and surrounding areas, along with intricately cropped photographic negatives. The artist combines multiple species fused into a single composition, often in such a way that the exact plants she depicts are open to interpretation.
Especially in these cold months, Whitney Barnes’ incorporation of natural elements into her work – sun, flowers, plants, water and air – brings the promise of spring as well as a sense of growth and transformation.
Galerie Julian Sander will present a selection of three bodies of work: Nocturnal Nature; Luminous Nature andFloating Herbarium. We look forward to welcoming you at the gallery and are happy, if you follow us on Instagram (@galeriejuliansander) to stay up to date and learn more about Julia Whitney Barnes.