Williamson | Knight/Holding Contemporary is pleased to announce AMPM, an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles artist Hayley Barker. The show will open January 19 and run through February 24, 2017. A reception will be held on Friday, January 19 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Gallery hours are Thursdaythrough Saturday, 12:00 to 5:00pm.
AMPM—like the convenience store. You walk in, looking to quench some kind of thirst. You want quickness and reach around, grabbing for something that does the job. All day. All night. Like dreams and psychological states. Spiritual experiences that you ultimately enter—knowing delicacy or disappointment. There is a little bit of everything in the store, but maybe not exactly what you want. Maybe it’s not enough.
In dreams and in shamanic meditation, there comes a flow of both spiritual and mundane imagery. Messages from guides and one’s intuition. Meetings with spirits, goddesses, and versions of my-self. The paintings are self portraits; they are icons—reminders of who I have met, been, and could be in vast internal realms. They start with the “beddrawings” then become paintings. They include text and faces which come intuitively in morning drawing practices and reveal a woman-looking self in a slightly awake state. This is a state of desire, anger, exhaustion, and anxiety, all at once.
+Vintage Self-Help, a new book of writings by the artist, will be released and available during the opening reception.
All images and texts copyright Hayley Barker 2019.