January 10 – February 21, 2020
Friday, January 10
6 – 8 pm
Reynolds Gallery is pleased to present On Vacation, Katie Barrie’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The recent VCUarts MFA graduate exhibits a series of highload acrylic paintings on canvas which incorporate vacation imagery and crisp, summery patterns grounded in architectural compositions reminiscent of travels abroad. In a statement detailing the exhibition, Barrie notes:
My work examines the aesthetics of leisure, the implications of good and bad taste, and what it means to live one’s best life. The idea of the beach or pool-side getaway is a relatively new concept, only practiced for a handful of generations. And yet, it is something most individuals fantasize about luxuriating in. We seek out experiences in particular locations because we are led to believe that we will be happier, more fulfilled people if we do so. My practice analyzes the visual cues and aspirational indulgences that Western society has routinely gravitated towards in pursuit of leisure.
On Vacation opens Friday, January 10 with a reception for the artist from 6 – 8 pm. The exhibition runs through February 21, 2020.