KCRW Art Insider Newsletter
Lyndsay Preston Zappas writes: At Bozo Mag, a gallery in a back-house in Highland Park, Hayley Barker’s paintings feel open-ended, as if in the process of becoming. Her portraits and landscapes are made up of small multi-colored brushstrokes that make the works feel alive with movement and activity. In Eclipse, a group of people lounge in a psychedelic landscape, almost indistinguishable from the mountains they sit on. Elsewhere, a figure floats atop a woman’s face, as if portraying an inner self that is seldom seen. The work is at once introspective, and longing for community, as if the brushstrokes might bleed off the canvas and into the world outside.