press release

Everything, Everyday presents three emerging artists whose innovative works, while diverse in form and subject matter, reflect overlapping affinities. Sadie Barnette, Lauren Halsey and Eric Mack explore ideas of disappearance and reemergence, shifting visibilities and the beauty of the everyday. Each artist closely considers matters of artistic process by playing with scale, the ephemeral quality of their materials, the nature of time and language, and the relationships between the objects they create.

Sadie Barnette (b. 1984, Oakland, CA) deals in the currency of west-coast vernacular, the everyday, fantasy and abstraction, and is unconfined to any particular medium. Whether working in photography or highly detailed drawing, large-scale installations or zine and book making, Barnette often turns her attention toward unexpected locations of identity construction, family histories, subculture coding, celebration and excess. Her recent works have focused on the poetics of naming race horses and the narrative of the racetrack.

Lauren Halsey (b. 1987, Los Angeles, CA) creates sculptural environments and flat works that synthesize imagery from contemporary life in Harlem and Los Angeles with ancient Egypt, outer space, Technicolor and Funk. For Everything, Everyday, Halsey transforms part of the Mezzanine gallery with a site-specific environment made of hieroglyphic reliefs set in an interplanetary desert oasis.

Eric Mack (b. 1987, Columbia, MD) is an abstract painter who incorporates textiles and readymade surfaces in his colorful compositions. Inspired equally by Abstract Expressionism and fashion, Mack integrates function with form in his work, using pegboards, moving blankets and other utilitarian objects in lyrical and unexpected ways.

Everything, Everyday is organized by Naima J. Keith, Associate Curator.

The Artist-in-Residence program is at the core of the Studio Museum’s mission, and gives the institution its name. Since the Museum’s founding in 1968, more than 100 artists in residence have created and shown work in the Museum’s studios and galleries. Among the program’s alumni are some of the most renowned artists working today, including Sanford Biggers, Leonardo Drew, David Hammons, Leslie Hewitt, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Alison Saar, Mickalene Thomas, Nari Ward and Kehinde Wiley.

The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council for the Arts, a state agency; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Jerome Foundation; Robert Lehman Foundation; and New York Community Trust.