Richard Barnes

June 2, 2011 - July 3, 2011

Flayed Man
2005
C-Print
48 x 60 inches

Image © Richard Barnes

Mountain Scene With Man and Bears
2005
C-Print
34 x 42 inches

Image © Richard Barnes

Academy Animals with Painter
2004
C-Print
40 x 50 inches

Image © Richard Barnes

Desert Scene with Woman and Coyote
2005
C-Print
34 x 42 inches

Image © Richard Barnes

Giraffe
2005
C-Print
48 x 60 inches

Image © Richard Barnes

Gabulasingularis
2000
Iris print
44 x 36 inches

Image © Richard Barnes

Hooded Oriole
2000
Iris print
44 x 36 inches

Image © Richard Barnes

Northern Oriole
2000
Iris print
44 x 36 inches

Image © Richard Barnes

Smithsonian Monkey
2005
C-Print
40 x 50 inches

Image © Richard Barnes

Smithsonian Ungulate
2005
C-Print
34 x 42 inches

Image © Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes

Animal Logic

Photographer Richard Barnes has spent more than a decade documenting the way we assemble, contain, and catalog the natural world. This series, “Animal Logic,” looks at museums as ‘containers’ of the celebrated and the forgotten, the odd and the everyday, and representative of the dreams and aspirations of the person, culture, or nation that assembled such collections. Barnes peels back layers of artifice to reveal the tangle of artistry, craftsmanship, and curatorial decisions which come together in the creation of lifelike dioramas and meticulously arranged display cases. “Animal Logic” investigates both the human desire to construct artificial worlds for ‘the wild’ and the haunting and poignant worlds the real wild constructs. Barnes’s several large-format prints on display at Blue Sky reveal the often unnatural side of some of the world’s renowned natural history museums.

New York-based photographer Richard Barnes was a recipient of the Rome Prize for 2005-06. His photographs of the cabin of Ted Kaczynski, aka the “Unabomber,” were featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and awarded the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Photography. Barnes’s work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the Harvard Photographic Archive. Barnes has lectured extensively, at such venues as the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and Parsons School of Art in Manhattan, as well as for the lecture series of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Friends of Photography, where he has also led workshops. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked as adjunct professor/visiting artist at the San Francisco Art Institute and taught in the same capacity at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Animal Logic was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2009.