An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Sage Barlow
with poetry by sabrina soyer
June 3 - July 15, 2018
Home Alone Los Angeles is pleased to present DEAR BODY, a solo exhibition of paintings by Sage Barlow with a poetry installation by Sabrina Soyer. In it’s most raw form and application, what is paint besides an extension of the body? Sage Barlow’s series of process-based, large-scale acrylic paintings were produced over the last two years since Barlow’s move to Los Angeles, the energy of which has influenced her palette. Utilizing an emotional chroma of pink, yellow, and blue hues, Barlow’s brush forms sharp angles and flat shapes, employing a minimalist perspective through texture built through the application of several layers of the thick, viscous, plastic material also known as “paint.” Her sometimes non-representational compositions also borrow from the language of the natural world, the most striking being those looking down at her own body, at her pubic hair, vagina and the negative space between her legs.
Barlow’s highly personal touch, her intuitive push and pull, invites the viewer into her own moment of discovery; magnified, amplified, here is her fleshy paint, pure, uncorrupted. She shares her childlike curiosity while demonstrating complete control over the medium, the body, her body. Showing us this relationship between bodies— the painted body, the physical body, the body of the paint, the body of the viewer, the body of the text… the language of the paint, that which cannot be put into language… which can only be experienced. nBarlow’s work can be experienced as a love letter to the material quality of paint, and of the body, our dear bodies.
“Dear Body” is a poem by Parisian artist Sabrina Soyer. For this exhibition it is installed strewn across the floor.
Sage Barlow is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. A self-defined “colorist and materialist,” Barlow received a BS in Fine Arts from Skidmore College and will begin her MFA this fall at Art Center in Pasadena.
sabrina soyer is an artist and educator living in Paris. She is the founder of The Cheapest University, a free and experimental artist-run university that hosts workshops, lectures, activities and publications in Paris and various locations. Soyer recently published Confus et symétriques, a chapbook of poetry exploring the genre of the epic poem.