James Barsness

As in his previous work, Barsness continues to draw and to paint over found paper – Chinese takeout menus, dress patterns, handbills, etc. – laid down on canvas. The artist’s images are first drawn in ballpoint and then painted in acrylic wash; frequently the surface is abraded with sandpaper. Barsness’ finished works combine cartoon motifs and collage to make references to the history of art as well as to contemporary events, and result in complex, seemingly stream-of-consciousness allegories of human nature.