Jared Bark: Time and Materials

November 12, 2020 - January 9, 2021
  • Yancey Richardson is pleased to present Time and Materials, an exhibition of new work by Jared Bark on view from November 12, 2020 – January 9, 2021. Featuring sculptures and collages made from found materials related to recreation, leisure time and nature, the exhibition weaves together Bark’s childhood preoccupations with his interest in history and metaphysics. Through the use of familiar materials like books, game boards, dominos, old-fashioned wallpaper, insect nests and pressed leaves, Bark revisits the tangible pleasures of his adolescence in a pre-digital world, offering an antidote to our technologically driven, screen-filled lives.

  • Jared Bark, Spanda Tondo, 2016, Gameboards, 76 inch diameter, $30,000.00

    Jared Bark, Spanda Tondo, 2016, Gameboards, 76 inch diameter, $30,000.00

  • In his ongoing series of Book Cants, Bark constructs vertical stacks of books that are then run through a sawmill...
    Jared Bark
    Book Cant 15
    Books
    103 x 4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches
    $18,000.00

    In his ongoing series of Book Cants, Bark constructs vertical stacks of books that are then run through a sawmill to form a cant, a term for a log that has been sawed on all four sides. Measuring from seven to nine feet in height, the slender verticality of the sculptures reference both the trees from which paper is made and the ancient freestanding columns Bark experienced in Pompeii. By eliminating the colors and graphics of the books’ spines, Bark reduces the stack to a monolithic strata of paper grounded in the minimalist aesthetics of the late 1960s.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Jared Bark, Split Stack, 2017, Books, 52 x 10 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches, $12,000.00

    Jared Bark, Split Stack, 2017, Books, 52 x 10 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches, $12,000.00

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  • Jared Bark’s collages often employ the pastoral scenes of toile wallpaper as a background environment for elemental beings inspired by...
    Jared Bark
    Ms. Listerine, 2013
    Collage
    17 1/2 x 15 1/8 inches
    $7,000.00

    Jared Bark’s collages often employ the pastoral scenes of toile wallpaper as a background environment for elemental beings inspired by his interest in various mythologies and alternative belief systems like Animism and Anthroposophy. Formed from dominoes or chessboard squares and arranged in simple, pictographic poses, these nature spirits are surrounded by elements drawn from games, reading and the natural world including checkers, book illustrations of insects and swimming fish, dried snakeskins and pressed eucalyptus leaves gathered on trips home to California.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Jared Bark Elemental 2, 2018 Collage 35 3/16 x 22 1/4 inches
      Jared Bark
      Elemental 2, 2018
      Collage
      35 3/16 x 22 1/4 inches
      $9,500.00
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    • Jared Bark Domino 5, 2020 Domino collage 56 3/8 inch diameter
      Jared Bark
      Domino 5, 2020
      Domino collage
      56 3/8 inch diameter
      $18,000.00
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    • Jared Bark Domino 1, 2020 Domino collage 38 1/8 x 36 5/8 inches
      Jared Bark
      Domino 1, 2020
      Domino collage
      38 1/8 x 36 5/8 inches
      $11,000.00
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    • Jared Bark Domino 2, 2020 Domino collage 28 1/8 x 28 1/8 inches
      Jared Bark
      Domino 2, 2020
      Domino collage
      28 1/8 x 28 1/8 inches
      $9,000.00
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  • Jared Bark, Elemental 1, 2018, Collage, 29 1/8 x 22 1/4 inches, $10,000.00

    Jared Bark, Elemental 1, 2018, Collage, 29 1/8 x 22 1/4 inches, $10,000.00

  • For other works, the static regularity of a gridded game board offers the opportunity for disruption. Gameboard I and II are dissected and reconstituted within their square perimeters in an intervention that renders them unplayable. Elsewhere, triangular pieces of patterned board form a series of dynamic, gesturing figures. In the large-scale work Spanda Tondo, Bark has cut apart brightly hued chess and checker boards and recombined them, creating a kaleidoscopic disc of color, pattern and energy.

    • Jared Bark Dancer, 2016 Gameboard collage 15 7/16 x 13 5/8 inches
      Jared Bark
      Dancer, 2016
      Gameboard collage
      15 7/16 x 13 5/8 inches
      $4,000.00
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    • Jared Bark Sovereign, 2016 Gameboard collage 24 5/8 x 13 11/16 inches
      Jared Bark
      Sovereign, 2016
      Gameboard collage
      24 5/8 x 13 11/16 inches
      $4,500.00
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    • Jared Bark Thespian, 2016 Gameboard collage 31 1/4 x 11 9/16 inches
      Jared Bark
      Thespian, 2016
      Gameboard collage
      31 1/4 x 11 9/16 inches
      $5,000.00
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    • Jared Bark Celebrant, 2016 Gameboard collage 37 9/16 x 13 1/4 inches
      Jared Bark
      Celebrant, 2016
      Gameboard collage
      37 9/16 x 13 1/4 inches
      $5,000.00
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  • Born in 1944, Jared Bark received his BA from Stanford University in 1966. A fixture of New York’s iconic downtown scene, he was featured in Harold Szeeman's 1969 seminal exhibition, When Attitudes Become Form, at the Kunsthalle Bern, and the Brooklyn Bridge Event in 1971, organized by Alanna Heiss. His work has been exhibited widely and is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim, Centre Pompidou, National Gallery, London; National Gallery, Washington D.C.; Nelson-Atkins Museum, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Bark’s monograph Photobooth Pieces, was published by Hunter’s Point Press in 2016.