Juxtapoz interview Craig “Skibs” Barker

Craig "Skibs" Barker - 'The Chance Of A Lifetime' - oil / mixed media on canvas and wood

Check out Juxtapoz’s interview with “Skibs” here:
www.juxtapoz.com/Current/back-talkcraig-barker

Check out the updated ‘Sneak Peek’ for Torn and Tattered here:
www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625811564276/

Hope to see you all next Sat, March 12th when ‘Torn and Tattered’ opens to the public. It’s going to be a huge night for art in LA, so please be sure to get out there and support. All the artists will be in attendance.

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

Process video from Craig “Skibs” Barker for ‘Mis-Shapen Chaos From Well Seeking Forms’

‘Torn and Tattered’

New mixed-media paintings from:

Craig “Skibs” Barker
www.skibsart.com

Liz Brizzi
www.lizbrizzi.com

Derek Gores
www.derekgores.com

Reception with the artists:
Sat, March 12th 6-8PM

Thinkspace
6009 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Wed-Fri 1-6PM and Sat 1-8PM
#310.558.3375
www.thinkspacegallery.com

Studio visit with Craig “Skibs” Barker

Craig “Skibs” Barker grew up in Southern California during the early ‘80s in the midst of both the punk rock and surfing culture explosions. With a healthy dose of punk flyers, album covers, and surfing magazines buzzing through his head, Barker began making flyers and t-shirts for his friends and his own punk bands. Fast-forward to today; Barker’s most recent paintings infuse his long-standing love for painting and rendering the human female figure with his punk-fueled graphic design. Mixing different approaches, techniques, and mediums, he creates a sense of memory, personal history, and appreciation for the female form. Combining elements of pop culture, literary censorship, and a positive mental attitude, he creates layered scenes of voyeuristic mischief. Barker’s work explores the junctions between past and present, memory and imagination, fantasy and reality, while creating a dialog between image and viewer.

I recently visited the studio of this Costa Mesa based artist as he prepares for ‘Torn and Tattered’ opening this coming March at Thinkspace. We’re excited by the direction his work is taking and below is a lil’ photographic recap of the studio visit and a glimpse at one of the finished gems he’ll be showing this March.

‘Torn and Tattered’ featuring new mixed-media works from:

Craig “Skibs” Barker
www.skibsart.com

Liz Brizzi
www.lizbrizzi.com

Derek Gores
www.derekgores.com

Reception with the artists: Sat, March 12th 6-8PM

On view March 12th – March 26th

View additional ‘sneak peeks’ of the show coming to life here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625811564276/

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com

‘Torn and Tattered’ – coming March 12th to Thinkspace

Craig "Skibs" Barker

www.skibsart.com

Liz Brizzi

www.lizbrizzi.com

Derek Gores

www.derekgores.com

‘Torn and Tattered’

New works from Craig “Skibs” Barker, Liz Brizzi, and Derek Gores

Reception with the artists: Sat, March 12th 6-8PM

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Craig “Skibs” Barker – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Craig "Skibs" Barker - 'I Can Not Change The Future But I'll Find You If You're Gone' - Oil and mixed media

This November Thinkspace will celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary. To help celebrate we’ve put together a group show we can’t wait for everyone to see this coming November.

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Craig “Skibs” Barker

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
My piece is an expansion of my previous work exploring interpersonal relationships, and non-verbal communication. With inspiration taken from pop culture, literature, music and printed material I combine figurative, abstract, and mixed media styles to explore these relationships and unspoken conversations.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
In 2005 I was finishing my painting degree from CSUF and was just beginning to show my mixed media paintings. Also, with some help from Jason Maloney, began showing my work at the Cannibal Flower shows in LA.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
1. Paint 2. Brushes 3. Respirator 4. Music 5. Comfortable chair

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Happy and healthy with painting as my only job, and making a living at it!!!

What have you got coming up in 2011?
My main focus for 2011 is a 3 person show I will be in at Thinkspace Gallery in March with Derek Gores, Liz Brizzi and myself.

Artist website: www.skibsart.com
Artist blog: http://skibsart.blogspot.com/

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625035068712/

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

An interview with Craig “Skibs” Barker

Skibs

An interview with Craig “Skibs” Barker

Craig “Skibs” Barker grew up in Southern California during the early ’80s in the midst of both the punk rock and surfing culture explosions. With a healthy dose of punk flyers, album covers, and surfing magazines buzzing through his head, Barker began making flyers and t-shirts for his friends and his own punk bands. Fast-forward to today; Barker’s most recent paintings infuse his long-standing love for painting and rendering the human female figure with his punk-fueled graphic design. Mixing different approaches, techniques, and mediums, he creates a sense of memory, personal history, and appreciation for the female form. Combining elements of pop culture, literary censorship, and a positive mental attitude, he creates layered scenes of voyeuristic mischief. Barker’s work explores the junctions between past and present, memory and imagination, fantasy and reality, while creating a dialog between image and viewer.

Barker’s work has shown around Southern California in such galleries as Ghetto Gloss, The Hive Gallery, C.A.V.E. Gallery, Koo’s Art Center, J. Flynn Gallery and the bi-monthly Cannibal Flower event. Barker’s work was also recently profiled at the Beyond Eden New Contemporary Art Fair in Los Angeles.

'And You Run Across The Courtyard Just To Take Her Hand'
'And You Run Across The Courtyard Just To Take Her Hand'

Please talk a lil’ bit about the general idea/vibe behind your new series of works for “Sight For Sore Eyes”? What’s the story with the show’s title?
The general “vibe” in my most recent paintings is interpersonal relationships. I like to investigate the foundation of relationships. How these connections become anchored in both a physical location and an emotional sense of “home”. And, I like legs!

As for the show title, it’s like in the old movies when the dame would walk into the bar and the barflies would say “well, isn’t she a sight for sore eyes”. That sense of nostalgia is also something I try to bring into my paintings. Nostalgia and memory play a huge role in relationships and family, like an old family photo album.

Shot of Barker's studio
Shot of Barker's studio

Much of your work includes the use of old Polaroid pictures. Are these photos you’ve taken yourself or do you go about collecting these at garage sales/swamp meets?
I take all of the Polaroids myself. It started when I wanted to get a different perspective on my paintings while I was working on them. My wife gave me my stepdaughters old “Spice Girls” Polaroid camera and I would shoot cheap grainy images of the progress of the work. The pictures started piling up, so I started adding them to the paintings. The result was what guided me toward the theme of relationships and memories. Old Polaroids and photos always seem to have a kind of voyeuristic nostalgia. The other, non-Polaroid, photographs in my paintings are either from garage/estate sales or from my personal family archives.

'Awake Enough' - new work coming in this weekend
'Awake Enough' - new work coming in this weekend

If you had an unlimited budget and time was not an issue, what grand artistic vision would you look to bring to life?
I am really enjoying the direction I’ve been headed in lately. I would just push the scale of the paintings and add some more sculptural elements to the collage aspect of the work.

'I Like It Here'
'I Like It Here'

If you could stand by and watch the creation of any piece of artwork from over the years, which would it be and why?
I thought about this one for a while and wanted to say something deep like Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. But, I’m afraid of heights and I’d get a stiff neck looking up at that thing all the time. So, I figured the most action and fun would be to watch Paul McCarthy create “Caribbean Pirates”. Yargh…ahoy matey!!!

'Get A...' - new work coming in this weekend
'Get A...' - new work coming in this weekend

What do you consider your biggest overall influence?
My biggest overall influence would have to be when and where I grew up. Growing up in Huntington Beach, CA during the explosions of both punk rock and surfing culture really guided me in directions both extremely creative and extremely self-destructive. The punk aesthetic of slogans spray-painted with block, stencil lettering carries over into my work to this day. And, I can’t go anywhere around here without seeing palm trees and power lines which continue to pop up in my work all the time.

'Simple But True'
'Simple But True'

I know you have roots in the SoCal underground music scene. Do you listen to music while painting/drawing? Current favorite?
Yeah, I listen to all kinds of music while painting. It kinda depends on what I’m doing in the studio that dictates what I listen to. When I’m doing a lot of action based collage/under-painting stuff I tend to listen to energetic music, mostly some kind of classic or hardcore punk like The Clash or The Bad Brains… or maybe some of the newer hardcore bands like The Regulations. When I’m painting the figures and need to concentrate and be more detailed oriented I tend to listen to something a bit quieter like Nick Cave, Tom Waits, or some Dub Reggae like King Tubby. I also like to listen to a lot of weird music while I paint… obscure French pop like Francoise Hardy… old Jazz or Blues stuff like Oscar Peterson or Mississippi John Hurt. But, for the most part, it’s whatever isn’t too scratched or covered in sawdust to play that I listen to.

As far as a current favorite goes, they aren’t new, but I’ve been on a big Guided By Voices kick lately.

'Laugh and Dream' - new work coming in this weekend
'Laugh and Dream' - new work coming in this weekend

What’s your favorite thing about living in Southern California?
The beach for sure…being able to surf before work when the waves are good is fantastic. I’ve done quite a bit of traveling, lived in other cities/countries, but I always miss the beach and come back to it. It definitely has that sense of “home” for me.

'Stay Right Here' - featured in the Juxtapoz 'Big Payback' 15th Anniversary Auction
'Stay Right Here' - featured in the Juxtapoz 'Big Payback' 15th Anniversary Auction

You and your wife are also quite the art collectors, having amassed a very nice collection and I don’t think you’ll be slowing anytime soon (if you’re like us). What’s your favorite piece from your collection currently? Who’s on your ‘list’ for the coming year?
You had to get me started on collecting…this is gonna be a long one!!! Our collection is kinda broken up into 4 different sections…prints, underground artists, photographs, and established artists. That makes it kinda hard to pick just 1. So, I’ll pick 1 from each section…my interview, my rules! My favorite print is our Chloe Early… favorite underground artist our L. Croskey… favorite photograph is our April Falling… favorite established artists is a toss up between our Ian Francis and our Dave Kinsey. The favorites all switch from day to day though…ask me tomorrow and you may get a whole different list.

My wife, Kristen, and I have had our eye on Jason Shawn Alexander for a while, but haven’t bought one just yet. So, he is definitely on our “list” for this coming year. We’re running out of wall space!

'There's A Smile In My Heart'
'There's A Smile In My Heart'

What have you got coming up in terms of shows after your show with us?
I’ve got a painting in a group show the night after my opening with you all, on Sat. Nov. 7th, in Washington D.C. at Art Whino Gallery… that show is then traveling to Art Basel in Miami Fl. in Dec. I’m super stoked to be a part of the Juxtapoz Magazine 15th Anniversary Auction Show on Nov. 14th. I’m also in the United C.A.T. group show in Fullerton CA. in the end of Nov. Then in Jan. 2010 I’m in a group show at the C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice CA. and hopefully more shows with you there at Thinkspace (including our January ‘A Cry For Help’ benefit for endangered species).

'Sight For Sore Eyes' installed at Thinkspace
'Sight For Sore Eyes' installed at Thinkspace

Look for an interview to be posted with Hurley in the coming weeks as well – we’ll be sure to post a link here once it’s live for all to check out. Also, in case you missed, check out a recent interview Juxtapoz did with ‘Skibs’ here.

Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker
‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ (’Fresh Faces’ series)

On View: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2009

'With Surgical Focus'
'With Surgical Focus'

View the works featured in ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ from Craig “Skibs” Barker:
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/2009/11/project2/works.php

PLEASE NOTE:
We’ll be getting in a half dozen or so new works from Barker this weekend (some of which are pictured/noted above). After the huge demand created by the recent opening of ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’, we asked Craig to bring us in some more work – please email contact@sourharvest.com if interested in receiving info and images on the new works coming in from Barker.

Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd. (near Sunset Junction)
Los Angeles, CA 90029
#: 323.913.3375
E-mail: contact@sourharvest.com
www.thinkspacegallery.com

Opening night at Thinkspace (Karpinski, Turf One, “Skibs” Barker)…

A small glimpse inside Timothy Karpinski's 'fear fort'...
A small glimpse inside Timothy Karpinski's 'fear fort'...

This past Friday we opened our November exhibitions with Timothy Karpinski (main gallery), Turf One (project room) and Craig “Skibs” Barker (‘Fresh Faces’ series) to a very appreciatve crowd that built as the evening drew on. Many artists came out to show their support throughout the evening including Stella Im Hultberg (in town for her show at Copro), Shawn Barber (just settling into LA after moving down from SF), Jesse Hotchkiss (look for him next month in our project room), Kim Saigh (of LA Ink fame / soon to open a new shop in LA with Shawn Barber), LA graffiti icons Mear One and Yem, and Aussie exports Dabs Myla. The press were out in force as well, so be sure to look for features soon on Arrested Motion, Coagula, Juxtapoz and Dailydujour (who just posted here).

View over 100 pics from the opening here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157622648975191/

On View: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2009

Timothy Karpinski in the front entry install area... you just have to see his show in person folks!!!
Timothy Karpinski in the front entry install area... you just have to see his show in person folks!!!

Works featured in ‘My Heart Never Sleeps’ from Timothy Karpinski:
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/2009/11/works.php

Turf One alongside his mind blowing wall piece that he painted during the week of installation
Turf One alongside his mind blowing wall piece that he painted during the week of installation

Works featured in ‘Shining Darkness’ from Turf One:
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/2009/11/project/works.php

Craig "Skibs" Barker alongside his wall of works
Craig "Skibs" Barker alongside his wall of works

Works featured in ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ from Craig “Skibs” Barker:
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/2009/11/project2/works.php

The works from Karpinski and Turf One are just incredible and it’s criminal they haven’t found homes yet. Mention this post, and I’ll be happy to provide a nice discount on any of their works. They really need to be seen in person, SO much detail and thought go into each piece from both of these emerging talents.

Main gallery view opening night
Main gallery view opening night

Thinkspace
4210 Santa Monica Blvd. (near Sunset Junction)
Los Angeles, CA 90029
#: 323.913.3375
E-mail: contact@sourharvest.com
www.thinkspacegallery.com