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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

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Jack Barrett Gallery | Paintings and Drawings for Childhood’s End

Solo show of paintings and drawings by Haley Josephs

Jack Barrett, a first-time participant in the Presents section of The Armory Show 2020, is pleased to present Haley Josephs' solo exhibition in New York of her paintings and drawings. Explore exhibition content below and for more details on the artist and available works, contact the gallery directly.

About the Exhibition

Paintings and Drawings for Childhood’s End consists of three paintings and several framed drawings placed on freshly painted, pink walls. The artist has hand-painted the gallery walls using sanitary pads and two hues of pink paint. The circular application of paint creates an ethereal, cloud-like landscape reminiscent of the womb.

Paintings and Drawings for Childhood’s End marks a departure from innocence and a transition to maturity, a stage of life that is both lamented and celebrated. The works in this show represent an act of rejoicing, the fleetingness of life in the physical world, and honoring the departed and their lingering presence. The artist’s intention is to celebrate the beauty present in every ending as it transforms into a new beginning. Paintings and Drawings for Childhood’s End shows a variety of transitions into passages unknown—that of birth and death, childhood and adulthood—the line between these places is blurred. The characters presented are neither here nor there, they exist in a timeless place where known and unknown merge.

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The worlds depicted in Josephs’ new paintings and drawings present dream-like realities. While the figures in past works have often been situated in rural, naturalistic settings, the figures in Josephs’ new works take a more surrealist turn, floating or doubled in florally-adorned, imagined worlds. The doubled figures in these works suggest a mirroring of worlds that exist simultaneously—as above, so below—either one person or two beings, interchangeable. The painting One and Many Are the Same, and its precursor, the drawing Hand on the Grindstone, Heart on the Flower, Eye on the Light, show two bodies, mirrored. The angelic or uterine form in these works creates an entry point for the figures and the viewer—a passage into womanhood, into death, into transformation. The detailed flowers present throughout these new works are yet another symbol of fertility and the essential change undergone by these young women at Childhood’s End.

The entirety of this exhibition was created with the artist’s late sister in mind and heart.

For more information, visit the gallery's website.

About the Artist: Haley Josephs

Haley Josephs (b. 1987, Seattle WA) is a Brooklyn based painter. She received her BFA in Painting & Drawing from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2011, and her MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Yale University in 2014. Recent solo shows include Paintings and Drawings for Childhood’s End (2020) and Finger in the Hive (2018) at Jack Barrett, New York. Recent group exhibitions include Carl Kostyal, Malmo, Sweden, Unclebrother & Gavin Brown Enterprise, Hancock, NY, Capsule, Shanghai, China. She also most recently finished a residency at the Fountainhead in Miami.

Exhibition Artwork

Inquire with the gallery for up-to-date availability and further details

Haley Josephs
One and Many Are the Same, 2020
60 x 60 inches
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Barrett
Haley Josephs
There Lives in Me an Image of All That I Should Be, 2020
60 x 60 inches
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Barrett
Haley Josephs
A Depiction (Transition, Death, Rebirth), 2020
50 x 38 inches
Colored pencil on paper, custom frame
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Barrett
Haley Josephs
Into Everything Unseen, 2020
50 x 38 inches
Colored pencil on paper, custom frame
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Barrett
Haley Josephs
Hand on the Grindstone, Heart on the Flower, Eye on the Light, 2020
50 x 38 inches
Colored pencil on paper, custom frame
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Barrett
Haley Josephs
Backyard, 2020
50 x 38 inches
Colored pencil on paper, custom frame
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Barrett