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Audrey Barcio

1978 United States

10 Works exhibited

Current location

Chicago

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  • About the Artist
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  • Bibliography

Audrey Barcio is an American abstract artist whose recent paintings examine where the heritage of Modernism intersects with the tools of the Virtual Industrial Age. 
She lives and works in Chicago.


Education

Barcio earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Herron School of Art and Design in 2007. She earned her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2016. 
She studied at Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, Brittany, France, in 2006, and earned a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center in 2017.


Technique

For these works, Barcio begins by searching historical archives for Modernist abstract paintings that evoke in her a sense of the universal. She then pares down the visual languages of these paintings into new compositions that extend that historical lineage. 

After preparing her raw canvases with a grey and white checkerboard pattern, she translates her pre-planned composition to that surface using acrylic paint. During this step, Barcio modifies the composition freely according to her visual instincts and subconscious intuition in a “call and response” process inspired by the thinking of Elaine de Kooning, who said, “A painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun.”


Inspiration

Barcio is interested in the value of action and human labor over automation. Her work is inspired as much by esoteric fields like spirituality and mysticism as by formal aesthetics, both of which lead her to imbue her works with a sense of color and light. 

Barcio is also inspired by the ideas of philosopher Hannah Arendt, who wrote about the importance of revealing meaning without defining it, the merit of action over fabrication, and the awareness that “every process is the cause of new processes.” These works express those inspirations by appropriating the iconic grey and white checkerboard pattern recognized by contemporary digital designers as the “Photoshop void,” a symbol for emptiness waiting to be filled. 
Barcio uses that support to empower contemporary interpretations of the iconographic legacy of Modernist aesthetic positions like Suprematism, Geometric Abstraction, Post-painterly Abstraction and Minimalism, transforming virtual nothingness into concrete form. 

The work is intended to transcend the accepted cultural raison d'être of this century—the cult of self—to evoke instead the universal.


Relevant Quotes

About a 2016 Barcio installation, art journalist Dawn-Michelle Baude wrote, “[the work] straddles the ancient and modern, the mystical and rational. [Its] success depends, in part, on its simplicity. It has less to do with modernity than it has to do with sacred geometry and mathematics—ancient traditions aligning monuments with astrological events to produce light phenomena.


Exhibitions

Barcio has exhibited across the United States. Recent exhibitions include Tube Factory, Indianapolis, IN, Random Access, Syracuse, NY, Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV, and Satellite Art Show, part of Art Week Miami.


Collections

Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and is included in several public and private collections, including those of the Marjorie Barrick Museum and the Inspire Theater, Las Vegas, NV.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018     

Under Influence, Tube Factory, Indianapolis, IN

2016     

MARKING TIME, Random Access, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

SPACE BETWEEN, Donna Beam, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

CONTINUAL EVENTUAL, Clark County Government Rotunda Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

2015     

THERE IS MORE BUT NO MORE OF THIS, Grant Gallery, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

2007    

Paper Clouds, Pop Up Project, Indianapolis, IN

Departure, Public Art Project- 14 Locations Downtown Indianapolis, IN


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018    

Plural, Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV

2017     

Greyscale, Donna Beam, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

Masking, Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV

2016     

Last Ditch, Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas, NV

Art in America: On Tour, Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC

Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center Annual Juried Show, Juror: Mary Leigh Cherry, of Cherry and Martin

2015     

Art in America, Curator: Julie Torres, Artist-Run Ocean Terrace Hotel, Miami, FL

Expanded, West Sahara Library, Las Vegas, NV

Out of Vegas, California College of Arts, Oakland, CA

In the Desert, Nevada Humanities, Las Vegas, NV

UNLV MFA, Brett Wesley Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

Project Space, Satellite Contemporary, Las Vegas, NV

2014     

Greater Los Angles MFA (GLAMFA), UC Long Beach, CA

 Art Tales, Western Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Strata, Las Vegas City Hall, Las Vegas NV

2013     

Odyssey, Pop Up,  Las Vegas, NV

2008    

Menagerie, Pop Up, Indianapolis, IN

2007    

Strange Fruit, The Wheeler, Indianapolis, IN

Juried Group Show, Herron School of Art, Juror: Christopher West, Curator of iMoCA, Indianapolis, IN

Herron Group Show, Dean Johnson Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

2006    

Dreamscapes: Contemporary Women, Carmel, IN

Group Show, Bodner Dock Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

2005    

Group Show, Bodner Dock Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

Apple, Bodner Dock Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

2003    

Herron’s Annual Juried Exhibition, Herron School of Art, Juror: Lisa Freiman, Curator of Indianapolis Museum of Art

 

2018 

Audrey Barcio stares into nothingness to create form, NUVO, Jennifer Delgadillo

Audrey Barcio Brings Show to Tube Factory, Patten Magazine, Emily Taylor

2016

Dimension and Illumination, Las Vegas Weekly, Dawn-Michelle Baude

2015

New American Paintings, Issue 120
Artist in Spotlight, 15 to watch in 2015, Las Vegas Weekly, Danielle Kelly
Interview: Audrey Barcio, Helen Literary Magazine, Danielle Kelly

Works by Audrey Barcio

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2019

127 x 154.2 x 3.8 cm

7500,00 €

2017

127 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

7500,00 €

2017

127 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

7500,00 €

2017

127 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

7500,00 €

2017

127 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

7500,00 €

2017

127 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

7500,00 €

2017

1127 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

7500,00 €

2017

127 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

7500,00 €

2017

127 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

7500,00 €

2017

127 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

7500,00 €

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