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Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke's collaborative art practice focuses on the process of weaving and its relationship to visual systems.

Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, 2019

They are known for their intricate paintings on hand-woven and embroidered linen.

The painted surfaces interact with the color, texture and pattern woven into the fabric.

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Woman II, 2019
Acrylic and embroidery on hand-loomed linen
23 ¾ × 17 ¾ inches

Hand-embroidery work in progress on Woman II, 2019

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Woman IV, 2020
Acrylic and embroidery on hand-loomed linen
15 ¾ × 19 ¾ inches

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke, Woman IV, 2020 (detail)

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Woman V, 2020
Colored pencil and gouache on paper
10 × 8 inches

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Origin, 2019
Embroidery and Acrylic on Hand-Loomed Linen
19 ⅝ × 15 ¾ inches

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke Origin, 2019 (detail)

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke Origin, 2019 (detail)

Their work operates at the intersection of craft, technology and contemporary art.

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
10.17-12.11, 2015
Acrylic on Hand-Loomed Fabric
19 × 15 inches

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke, 10.17-12.11, 2015 (detail)

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
0N10N, 2019
Acrylic on hand-loomed linen
19 ⅝ × 15 ¾ inches

The Reweave series of paintings are made from hand-dyed linen that Barrow paints areas of vibrant color. Parke then pulls apart the fabric thread by thread, and then weaves back together to form a new composition. The resulting painting is a loose, apparitional echo of the original composition, yet it takes on a form of its own as Parke reconstructs the fabric.

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Reweave 9, 2016
Hand dyed linen
20 × 16 inches

This painting's hand-woven fabric is made with red, green and blue threads—the color scale used in digital screens. The threads are then painted over with black, in a sense "eliminating" one of the three fabric colors. The optical result in doing so creates subtle shifts in color when viewed from afar.

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
BRG4, 2014
Acrylic on Hand-Loomed Linen
26 × 20 inches

Swaths of color and pattern in the works appear in shapes reminiscent of finger swipes on an iPhone.

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
4.24-6.30, 2017
Acrylic on Hand-Loomed Linen
34 × 30 inches

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke, 4.24-6.30, 2017 (detail)

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Swipe 4, 2015
colored pencil on paper
31 × 21 ¼ inches

Recent works incorporate pattern in order to form images.

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
5.23-11.24 (Woman), 2017
Acrylic on Hand-Loomed Linen
46 × 42 inches

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke, 5.23-11.24 (Woman), 2017 (detail)

Their 2019 exhibition Future Homemakers of America marked a significant shift in the duo’s oeuvre with the introduction of images that emerge from patterns they have developed for wallpaper, textiles, and paintings. The patterns function as decorative motifs and they also represent the commonality between one idea and another.

Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, 2019

Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, 2019

The exhibition’s title, based on the career and technical student organization, is both a tongue-in-cheek reference to a bygone era and a nod to Barrow and Parke’s artistic and domestic collaboration.
In the titular painting, drawing and wallpaper, the artists have adapted a classic American schoolhouse quilt pattern from the 19th century to reference the silhouette of the gallery building.

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Future Homemakers of America, 2019
Colored Pencil and Acrylic on Paper
9 × 8 inches

A new series is inspired by ancient fertility figure statues, such as the Venus of Willendorf. Their bulbous shapes inform the fields of color and pattern of the paintings and drawings.

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Woman III, 2019
Acrylic and embroidery on hand-loomed linen
23 ¾ × 17 ¾ inches

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke, Woman III, 2019 (detail)

Installation view, NADA Miami, 2019

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Woman IV, 2020
Colored pencil and gouache on paper
8 × 10 inches

Mark Barrow (b. 1982) and Sarah Parke (b.1981) live and work in New York City. Their work has been recently exhibited at JDJ | The Ice House, Garrison, NY; La Capella Cavassa, Saluzzo, Italy; Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; White Columns, New York; Le 109, Nice, France; ZERO..., Milan; Galerie Almine Rech, Paris and Brussels; and Elizabeth Dee, New York.

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke in the studio, 2019.

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke

Mark Barrow (b. 1982, Gainesville, FL)
Sarah Parke (b.1981, LaCrosse, WI)
Live and work in New York City

Education

Mark Barrow

2006

M.F.A. in Painting, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

2003

B.A. in Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Sarah Parke

2004

B.A. in Textile Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Solo Exhibitions

2019

Future Homemakers of America, JDJ | The Ice House, Garrison, NY

2018

Analemma, Premio Matteo Olivero, Curated by Stefano Raimondi, Capella Cavassa, Saluzzo,
Italy

2016

Matter of Time, Elizabeth Dee and Almine Rech at Independent Régence, Brussels

2016

wave, particle, string, Elizabeth Dee, New York

2014

Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke, Elizabeth Dee, Independent Projects, New York

2014

Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke, London Arts Club, London

2012

RGB, Elizabeth Dee, New York

Synesthesia, ZERO, Milan

2010

Mark Barrow, Elizabeth Dee, New York

2008

White Room: Mark Barrow, White Columns, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021

The Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2019

Painted Threads, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

2018

The Surface of the East Coast, Curated by Marie Maertens, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York

2017

The Surface of the East Coast, Le 109, Nice, France

Stretch Release, Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague, Netherlands

2016

First Exhibition, Elizabeth Dee, NY

2015

Pretty Raw: After and around Helen Frankenthaler, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

Dans un intérieur Meubles, œuvres murales & textiles d'artistes, Almine Rech, Brussels

2014

DECORUM, Power Station of Art, Shanghai
Halftone: Through the Grid, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
Dans un intérieur Meubles, œuvres murales & textiles d'artistes, Almine Rech, Paris
Imitatio Christie’s, ZERO…, Milan
Mingei Spirit, are you here? Pace Gallery, New York
Video Screening 25, ZERO…, Milan

2013

The Time Machine, Cura Basement, Frutta, Roma
Fearful Symmetry, curated by Zoe Stillpass, Balice Hertling, NY
Threaded Stories, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Mingei Spirit, are you here? Pace Gallery, London
To Open Eyes: Art and Textiles from the Bauhaus to Today, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
DECORUM, Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Mind is outer space, Casey Kaplan, New York
Group Show, Galerie Perrotin, Paris

2012

Telephone Paintings, curated by Nicolas Trembley, Almine Rech Gallery, Basel 43
Modern Talking, Muzeul National de Arta Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Four Rooms, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Poland

2011

Prague Biennial, Prague, Czech Republic
Praxis, Elizabeth Dee, New York
Gallery Update #2, curated by Ryan Evans & Amie Scally, White Columns, New York
partoftheprocess4, ZERO, Milan

2009

Mark Barrow, Anthony Pearson, Blinky Palermo, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York

2008

Creswell Crags, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York
Un balance, curated by Katie Rashid, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Defining a Moment: 25 New York Artists, curated by Simon Watson and Craig Hensala, House of Campari, New York

2007

Looking Back: The White Columns Annual, curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, White Columns, NY

Press

Barrow, Mark. “Re-Productions”, Lab, Cura, Winter 2013.
Bunyard, Jesc, “Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke”, Hunger TV, September 2014
Coburn, Tyler. “Mark Barrow, Anthony Pearson and Blinkly Palermo.” Art Review, April 2009
Gartenfeld, Alex. “In the Blink of an Eye: Mark Barrow and Anthony Pearson.” Interview Magazine, February 2009.
Herriman, Kat. "Weaving Fiber into Winter Art Shows." Observer, February 2016.
Higgs, Matthew. Barrow, Mark. Milan: Mousse, and New York: Elizabeth Dee, 2013.
Holmes, Pernilla. “Process-based art’s rise”, Financial Times, December 2014.
Johnson, Paddy. “The 10 Best Exhibitions of 2010, and the 2 Worst.” The L Magazine, December 22, 2010.
Kalt, Marie. “Quand l’art rencontre l’artisanat”, AD, November 2013.
Kennedy, Randy. “Interests Crisscross in Homespun Art.” New York Times, November 12, 2012.
Kontova, Helena. “Top 100 Artists” Flash Art Magazine, November-December 2011.
“Mark Barrow, Anthony Pearson, Blinky Palermo at Lisa Cooley”. The Contemporary Art Daily, February 2009.
“Mark Barrow.” The New Yorker, November 1, 2010.
“Mark Barrow.” The Exhibitionist New York, September 2010.
“Mark Barrow Synaesthesia”, NERO, June 2012
“Mark Barrow”. ArtCat, December 2012.
“Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke.” Art in America, September 2015.
Martin, Hannah. “Works by Yves Klein, Mike Kelley, and Raymond Pettibon,” Architectural Digest, November 2014.
Pancotto, Pier Paolo. “The Time Machine (The Survivors)”, ArtForum, December 2013.
Richter, Tilo. "Liste 16 in Basel." Frankfurter Allgemeine, June 2011.
Rosenberg, Karen. “Art in Review.” The New York Times, December 7, 2007.
Rosenberg, Karen. "Mark Barrow." New York Times, October 1, 2010.
Rossi, Catharine. “Objects in Conversation”, Disegno, October 2013.
Saccoccio, Jackie. “What state abstraction”. Bomblog, December 2009.
Schwendener, Martha. “Independent Projects Unveils New Art Fair Concept: A Show”, New York Times, November 2014
Sheets, Hilarie. “Mark Barrow”. Elle Décor, June 2013.
Shiffman, Allyson. “All’s Not Fair at Independent Projects,” W Magazine, November 2014.
Siegel, Katy. The Heroine Paint: After Frankenthaler. Gagosian/Rizzoli, September 2015.
Slenske, Michael. “Mix Masters”, Architectural Digest, October 2015.
Slenske, Michael. "A stitch in time", Wallpaper, October 2016.
Smith, Roberta. “Begin Again Right Back Here.” The New York Times, October 2008.
Smith, Roberta. “Creswell Crags.” The New York Times, September 2008.
Smith, Roberta. “Mind is Outer Space”. The New York Time, July 2013.
Steinhauer, Jillian. “An Alternative to the Art Fair Marathon”, Hyperallergic, November 2014.
Trembley, Nicolas. “L’Atelier – Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke”, Numero, September 2013
Trezzi, Nicola. “Craft – From Commodities to Talismans: Modernity as a Remedy to the Aftermath.” Flash Art Magazine, July-September 2009.
Trezzi, Nicola. "Mark Barrow" Flash Art Magazine, October 2011.
Vu, Mimi Dao. “A Gallery That Feels Like a Friend’s Upstate Cabin”, T Magazine, July 12, 2019.