Steven Baris

Drift E4

Drift E4

59 x 59 inches / 150 x 150 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

Somewhere Beyond or Behind E15

Somewhere Beyond or Behind E15

70 x 70 inches / 178 x 178 cm, oil on canvas, 2016

Somewhere Beyond E14

Somewhere Beyond E14

48 x 48 inches / 122 x 122 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

Somewhere Beyond or Behind E9

Somewhere Beyond or Behind E9

48 x 48 inches / 122 x 122 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

Drift E3

Drift E3

59 x 59 inches / 150 x 150 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

Drift E1

Drift E1

50 x 50 inches / 127 x 127 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

Drift D16

Drift D16

24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2015

Regardless of Topography D4

Regardless of Topography D4

24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2015

Regardless of Topography D5

Regardless of Topography D5

24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2015

Regardless of Topography D6

Regardless of Topography D6

24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2015

Regardless of Topography D8

Regardless of Topography D8

24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2015

Regardless of Topography D9

Regardless of Topography D9

24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2015

Drift A2

Drift A2

14 x 14 inches / 35.5 x 35.5 cm, oil on mylar, 2015

Drift D17

Drift D17

24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2015

Drift D20

Drift D20

24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2015

Drift D22

Drift D22

24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2015

Drift D24

Drift D24

24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2015

Drift F1

Drift F1

10 x 10 inches / 2.5 x 25.5 cm dia. each, 7 discs, acrylic on plexiglas, 2015

Stations of the Cube 5

Stations of the Cube 5

15 x 13 inches / 38 x 33 cm each, 5 plexiglas panels on shelf, shelf 72 inches / 183 cm, 2015

Drift P1

Drift P1

14 x 37 inches / 35.5 x 94 cm, archival pigment print on cotton rag, edition 1/10, 2015

Drift P2

Drift P2

65 x 18 inches / 165 x 46 cm, archival pigment print on cotton rag, edition 1/10, 2015

Carlisle PA

Carlisle PA

18 x 65 inches / 46 x 165 cm, archival pigment print on cotton rag, edition 1/10, 2015

Drift E2

Drift E2

48 x 48 inches / 122 x 122 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

Drift C2

Drift C2

36 x 36 inches / 91.5 x 91.5 cm, oil on plexiglass, 2015

Drift D6

Drift D6

24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2014

59 x 59 inches / 150 x 150 cm, oil on canvas, 201570 x 70 inches / 178 x 178 cm, oil on canvas, 201648 x 48 inches / 122 x 122 cm, oil on canvas, 201448 x 48 inches / 122 x 122 cm, oil on canvas, 201459 x 59 inches / 150 x 150 cm, oil on canvas, 201550 x 50 inches / 127 x 127 cm, oil on canvas, 201424 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 201524 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 201524 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 201524 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 201524 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 201524 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 201514 x 14 inches / 35.5 x 35.5 cm, oil on mylar, 201524 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 201524 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 201524 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 201524 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 201510 x 10 inches / 2.5 x 25.5 cm dia. each, 7 discs, acrylic on plexiglas, 201515 x 13 inches / 38 x 33 cm each, 5 plexiglas panels on shelf, shelf 72 inches / 183 cm, 201514 x 37 inches / 35.5 x 94 cm, archival pigment print on cotton rag, edition 1/10, 201565 x 18 inches / 165 x 46 cm, archival pigment print on cotton rag, edition 1/10, 201518 x 65 inches / 46 x 165 cm, archival pigment print on cotton rag, edition 1/10, 201548 x 48 inches  / 122 x 122 cm, oil on canvas, 201536 x 36 inches / 91.5 x 91.5 cm, oil on plexiglass, 201524 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 cm, oil on mylar, 2014

 

I am drawn to spaces that are engineered to be placeless: from interiors to landscapes–spaces that are highly disorienting and are precisely designed to be passed through as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Think airports, expressways and lobbies. Lately I’ve been frequenting similar kinds of spaces—no less enigmatic and no less banal: those sprawling tracts dotted about the edges of the cities and suburbs, characterized by the clotted networks of expressways and county roads and, most importantly to me, those massive, horizontal structures variously called distribution centers or logistics centers.

These largely overlooked yet high functioning “landscapes” disclose many of the same spatial tensions and enigmas that I address in my art making. At the heart of both lies an amalgam of space and structure, both largely determined by seen and unseen geometries. In my paintings and projects I conjure a sense of space that is highly elastic and ambiguous. I aim to juggle and confound those key oppositions that underpin spatial coherence: those basic binaries such as close-distant, container-contained, surface-depth, opaque-transparent, and so on.

I never really know the true nature of my fascinations and certainly not these forays (actual and artistic) into various states of disorientation and dislocation. Yet I feel we are experiencing unprecedented transformations of our built and virtual environments, and so ultimately these works are neither more nor less than my playful stabs at a better understanding.

Steven Baris received his MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He studied at the Evergreen State College in Olympia and at Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Baris upcoming exhibitions will be at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE and the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA. His past shows are at the Abington Art Center, Abington, PA; Butters Gallery, Portland, OR; Stonepress Gallery, Seattle, WA; Brickhouse Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA; Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA and The Drawing Center, New York, NY. His artwork was reviewed in: Art in America; Philadelphia Inquirer; ICON; Weekly Press and more.