Transart Alum Sonia Barrett Upcoming Show in Basel

Sonia Elizabeth Barrett. "The Furnished Push Series," 2014.

Sonia Barrett. Furnished Push, 2014.


Transart alum Sonia Elizabeth Barrett (MFA 2012) will be featured in “The Grass Grows,” an international group show on view from June 15 through June 22, 2014 in Basel, Switzerland and coinciding with the modern and contemporary art fair Art Basel.

Working with 18th and 19th century European furniture, such as chairs with legs that end in carved representations of lion’s paws, Barrett creates sculptures that meditate upon the nature of being, whether it be animal, human or object, as well as issues of labor related to both the furniture and the user.

“The Grass Grows” debuts Barrett’s most recent body of work, the Furnished Push series, in which the artist transforms antique horse collars from former East and West Germany into voluminous wall sculptures. Instrumental to Europe’s Industrial Revolution, the padded horse collar increased farm productivity by replacing the yoke, a wooden crosspiece fastened over the necks of two animals. The collar enabled a horse to push a load forward with its hindquarters instead of pulling with its neck, reducing pressure to its windpipe, increasing productivity and allowing for the development of other economic activities. The Furnished Push works contemplate both manual labor and technological advancement, beasts of burden and human enterprise.

An artist and writer of German and Jamaican descent, Sonia Elizabeth Barrett lives and works in Nuremburg. She studied English Literature at the University of St Andrews in Scotland before matriculating at Transart Institute.

“The Grass Grows” is open to the public from 10 am to 9 pm on Sunday June 15 through Sunday June 22, 2014 at Riehenstrasse 74, Basel, Swizterland. The exhibition is organized by The Format Contemporary Culture Gallery, Glenda Cinquegrana: the Studio and Art.Lab Gallery, all based in Milan, and features work by 30 international artists whose emerging, alternative and/or experimental practice demonstrates a strong commitment to research and language.

On view from June 19 through June 22, 2014 Art Basel is the foremost international art show of modern and contemporary art bringing together over 300 leading galleries from around the world since 1970.

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