James Barsness
The Walled City, 1996
acrylic, ink on paper mounted on canvas
73 1/4 x 91 1/8 inches
JBARp 10

James Barsness
All Souls Surfs Up Green Thumb Buddha, 2008
acrylic on canvas
90 3/4 x 66 3/4 ins (str)
JBARp 62

James Barsness
Weight Loss Jesus, 2007
acrylic on canvas
94 x 70 ¼ inches
JBARp 61

James Barsness
Hanuman’s Rescue, 2008
acrylic, ink pen, glitter, rayon flock on canvas
91 ½ x 67 ¾ inches
JBARp64

James Barsness
The Prize, 2002
acrylic, ink on paper, mounted on canvas,
velcro, snaps, books with drawings
107 x 162 inches
JBARp 34

James Barsness
The Distractions, 2005
Acrylic, ink, paper on canvas
49 1/4 x 67 1/8 inches
JBARp 50

James Barsness
Study for, 2001
acrylic, ink on paper mounted on canvas
63 1/4 x 82 inches
JBARp 29

James Barsness
Black Freighter, 2007
acrylic, ink, mixed media on canvas
69 ½ x 51 3/8 inches
JBARp 58

James Barsness
Installation View

James Barsness
Installation View

James Barsness
Installation View

James Barsness
Installation View

James Barsness
Show Announcement

James Barsness
Show Announcement (continued)

Press Release

During the months of September and October the George Adams Gallery will present a survey exhibition of paintings by James Barsness. The exhibition includes 8 large-scale canvases ranging in date from 1996 to 2008.

Throughout his career, Barsness has consistently explored the complexities of human interaction, exposed the frequent hypocrisies of social norms, the often farcical nature of human “progress,” and our earnest search for religious enlightenment. For example, the earliest work in the exhibition, “The Walled City,” 1996, represents Barsness’ take on society as a dysfunctional construction seen through an art historical scrim that quotes both Breughel and Bosch. The painting depicts the bizarre and often chaotic goings-on within an imaginary medieval city’s walls; according to Barsness’ representation, life might be better – and safer –outside the walls rather than within.

In “The Prize,” 2002, Barsness offers a reconsideration of Jonathan Swift’s legendary traveler, Gulliver, who appears as a Christ-like figure over whom the native Lilliputians attempt to exert control with little success. A Christ figure appears yet again in Barsness’ 2008 painting, “Weight Loss Jesus,“ in a classic Pieta: a beleaguered Mary holds her decidedly pudgy and unmotivated Son as if to suggest that while humanity struggles to survive, the One who might fix it all is more interested in the bowl of popcorn in his lap.

The exhibition of works by Barsness is on view through October 27th. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10AM to 6PM. For images and more information on the exhibition, please visit the gallery’s website at www.georgeadamsgallery.com

Exhibition Checklist

1.
The Walled City, 1996
acrylic, ink on paper mounted on canvas
73 1/4 x 91 1/8 inches
JBARp 10
Private Collection

2.
All Souls Surfs Up Green Thumb Buddha, 2008
acrylic on canvas
90 3/4 x 66 3/4 ins (str)
JBARp 62

3.
Weight Loss Jesus, 2007
acrylic on canvas
94 x 70 ¼ inches
JBARp 61

4.
Hanuman’s Rescue, 2008
acrylic, ink pen, glitter, rayon flock on canvas
91 ½ x 67 ¾ inches
JBARp64

5.
The  Prize, 2002
acrylic, ink on paper, mounted on canvas,
velcro, snaps, books with drawings
107 x 162 inches
JBARp 34

6.
The Distractions, 2005
Acrylic, ink, paper on canvas
49 1/4 x 67 1/8 inches
JBARp 50

7.
Study for 'The Struggle to Regain Consciousness', 2001
acrylic, ink on paper mounted on canvas
63 1/4 x 82 inches
JBARp 29

8.
Black Freighter, 2007
acrylic, ink, mixed media on canvas
69 ½ x 51 3/8 inches
JBARp 58