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At NADA Miami 2019, we presented an immersive installation of paintings, drawings, and wallpaper by Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke.

Installation view, JDJ at NADA Miami, 2019

Over the last decade, Barrow and Parke’s practice has explored the logic of weaving and its relationship to visual and digital systems.
Barrow and Parke’s paintings on hand-loomed and embroidered fabric, works on paper, and artist-designed wallpaper lend the booth qualities of a domestic space, much like the gallery’s permanent location in the Hudson Valley.
Several of the works on view are part of a new series inspired by ancient fertility figure statues, such as the Venus of Willendorf.
The bulbous shapes of the fertility statues inform the fields of color and pattern of the paintings and drawings.
Abstract motifs, some hand-painted and some hand-embroidered, are are interspersed with imagery suggestive of sex, fertility, and regeneration.
A group of new wood-fired porcelain sculptures made by Japanese artist Shino Takeda respond to the arcs and curves found in Barrow and Parke’s compositions.

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
Acrylic and embroidery on hand-loomed linen
23 ¾ × 17 ¾ inches (detail)

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

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

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Woman I, 2019
Acrylic and embroidery on hand-loomed linen
23 ¾ × 19 ¾ inches

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Woman I, 2019
Acrylic and embroidery on hand-loomed linen
23 ¾ × 19 ¾ inches (detail)

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Tentacle, Braid, Lily Repeat, 2019
10 × 8 inches

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Woman II, 2019
Colored pencil and gouache on paper
10 ¼ × 8 inches

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Woman I, 2019
Colored pencil and gouache on paper
9 ½ × 8 inches

Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke
Woman III, 2019
Colored pencil and gouache on paper
10 ½ × 8 inches

NADA 2019 press release