June 19 through August 1, 2009
Opening reception Friday June 19, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Taxonomies: a two-person exhibition of new work by Peter Barrett and Sarah Hicks. By balancing known forms with complex permutations, and exploring fascinations with object obsession and indexical classifications, Barrett and Hicks offer two independent bodies of work in painting and ceramic sculpture.

The large wall painting and smaller works on paper by Peter Barrett reference Op art, Minimalism, and complex geometric forms that somehow manage to avoid the cloying dazzle, austere meditations, and cold finite resolutions of all three influences. Ambitiously rendered, the infinite forms pulse with obsessive detail and confounding spatial orientations. While seducing the sense of vision with boggling complexity, Barrett leads the viewer toward environments built using the properties of physics, cosmology, and retinal occult.

Peter Barrett lives and works in Woodstock and Brooklyn, NY. Recent exhibitions include KMOCA Kingston, NY, Dorsch gallery Miami, and group shows in New York at Claire Oliver Fine Art curated by Shamim Momin, and Bellwether Gallery. He graduated the School of the Art Institute Chicago’s MFA painting program in 1996, and received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1990.

The ceramic sculptures of Sarah Hicks begin with molds of mass produced domestic and found objects that are cut and reassembled into objects of familiar but indeterminate origin. Manipulating common notions of design, the artist borrows organic and graphic elements to treat surfaces with fluidity, color, line, and texture. The resulting chic tchotchkes are abstract sculptures imbued with an optimistic dynamism and placed in orbit somewhere outside traditional and contemporary decorative arts.

Sarah Hicks lives and works in Chicago and received a BFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute in 1999. She has exhibited her work locally at Gallery 40000, Lill Street Art Center, and in Shape-Shifters at Alfedena Gallery, curated by Jason Foumberg.

Peter Barrett & Sarah Hicks

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