Jan 16, 2019-Apr 14, 2019
Glittering in gold and platinum, the work of Sadie Barnette illuminates relics of a past deeply rooted in West Coast aesthetics and politics. A former artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Barnette presents this installation as an example of a continuous exchange between two centers of Black artistic production. Sculptural speakers, “candy-coated” in holographic car paint, act as both shield and beacon, as the inflection of prismatic light envelops vestiges of her childhood in the Bay Area. With bejeweled offerings of Black power politics and celestial revelry, PHONE HOME provides a refuge for those seeking moments of comfort in the reflection of their own light.
About the Artist
Whether in the form of drawing, photography or large-scale installation, Sadie Barnette’s work relishes in the abstraction of city space and the transcendence of the mundane to the imaginative. Born and raised in Oakland, California, she earned her BFA from CalArts and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and is in the permanent collections of museums such as LACMA, Berkeley Art Museum, the California African American Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem (where she was also Artist-in-Residence), Brooklyn Museum and the Guggenheim. She is the recipient of Art Matters and Artadia awards and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Artforum, and Vogue. She lives in Oakland, CA and is represented by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.