Barbara Bryn Klare (she, her) is an artist based in Ohio and N California (USA).

Her work has been exhibited widely in the US and internationally, including solo shows at Cleveland Botanical Garden
and hugomento in San Francisco, and group shows at Miami Art Week / Art Basel and Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
Artist residencies include Galerie Abstract Project in Paris and Textilsetur in Iceland.

Klare received an MA Fine Art Merit from University for the Creative Arts (UK) and a BA in Geology and Studio Art/Art History
from Oberlin College (USA). Previously, she was a freelance textile and surface designer in San Francisco
and Los Angeles and a professional writer and editor.

 

STATEMENT

Abstraction, geometry, materiality, and process evoking a physical presence
or conceptual quality often reminiscent of textiles or thread

Voice and artistic solace are given to the overlooked in our society: broken sticks, old clothes, everyday poets.
Real or imagined cloth frequently serves as metaphor and inspiration:
thread becomes line and cloth becomes paint.
Humble reminders of a throw-away world are championed and made whole.

Vulnerability and ragged strength form the basis for drawings, collages, installations, and social practice.

 

SELECTED PRESS

INTERVIEW: ART AS REFLECTION OF THE WORLD (NPR/Public Broadcasting affiliate)

A conversation missing for years finally spoken HUFFINGTON POST

Pushing the boundaries of sketching working with thread and textiles ARTWRITE

Blurring the lines between art, craft, and design WOVEN TALE PRESS

Repair-response: desire to make stronger that which is precarious or fragile LES FEMMES FOLLES

26 feet of rescued fabric and strategically placed pompoms ART BRA AUSTIN

Cross pollination, collaboration, and the power of words MARIN ARTS AND CULTURE

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

FLAG ME DOWN Dairy Barn Arts Athens OH
NATURE +1 Boxx Gallery Tieton WA
OUTSIDE IN Cleveland Botanical Garden Cleveland OH
La Poetica Paper Circle Nelsonville OH
Blue Notes Hilferty Gallery Dairy Barn Arts Athens OH
Un/Common Threads h u g o m e n t o gallery San Francisco CA
Modern Boro | Modern Life Chamber of Commerce Gallery Mill Valley CA
Unhurried Line Drawings MCSD Gallery Marinwood CA
I C E L A N D :: blue Underground Gallery ArtWorks San Rafael CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024
This is the Future of Non-Objective Art Atlantic Gallery Chelsea NYC
CE QUI SE TRAME Abstract Project Paris FRANCE
On the Grid Riffe Gallery Columbus OH

2023
TOTAL DESIGN Troppus Projects Kent OH
Natural Impressions Museu Textil New Orleans LA [virtual]
Call-and-Response/Antiphony/Flyting Drawing Box Glasgow SCOTLAND
Biennale Internationale D’Art Non Objectif [invitational] Pont de Claix FRANCE
Exquisite Codes / Art-teenth Berlin GERMANY, Bridgeport CT
Rethinking the Landscape Conversations with Artists [online]

2022
SOCIAL JUSTICE SHIM Art Network Miami Art Week Miami Beach FL
AD SPATIUM Musikhuset Gävle SWEDEN

2021
Distanced Domestic The Old Dairy Lower Clapton London UK
Care + Pace Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair New York NY (w/ ILSSA)
A QUOI SERT L’ART? (What Is Art For?) Montreal CANADA

2020
Covimetry BWA Gallery Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski POLAND
Evolve CIP Sligo IRELAND
TEXT/ile Gallery 114 Portland OR
In Dialogue with the Unknown Die Kunstschaffenden Linz AUSTRIA
US: What Divides Us / Unites Us Touchstone Gallery Washington DC (BEST IN SHOW)
Little Voices Kensington + Chelsea UK Art Week

2019
Our Bodies Ourselves Ely Center of Contemporary Art New Haven CT
Looming Shelter Desert X adjunct installation Coachella Valley CA
Materiality and Method FLUX Art Space Long Beach CA
Art of Peace SF United Playaz HQ, SF State Building, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Duodecimal Art Civic Gallery Barnsley UK

2018
Pond at the End of the Road XMATERIA DZINE Gallery San Francisco CA
Cracking Nutshells DZINE Gallery San Francisco CA
Hotel Drawings 20-21 Visual Arts Centre Scunthorpe North Lincolnshire UK
Art/Act: Local – Natural Harmony David Brower Center Berkeley CA
Earth Action Art Pauley Ballroom UC Berkeley Berkeley CA
Significant Colour PH21 Gallery Budapest HUNGARY
Guns: Artists Respond Swords into Plowshares Detroit, MI

2017
The (Accidental) Marks Made While Making Art Cultivate/Organ E London UK
Tracks and Echoes DZINE Gallery San Francisco CA
FIBER ART VIII International Biennial Sebastopol Center for the Arts Sebastopol CA
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Quilt Melbourne AUSTRALIA
Something Blue Cultivate/Organ E London UK
100 Days Action: The Great Trump Makeover Southern Exposure San Francisco CA
International Collage Assemblage and Construction Sebastopol Center for the Arts

2016
World Muse Conference [invitational] Bend OR
Stitch Fetish 4 Hive Gallery Los Angeles CA
Art Bra Austin Palmer Convention Center Austin TX
Contemporary National Fiber Art Santa Cruz Art League Santa Cruz CA
Digital Culture CICA Museum Gyeonggi-do S KOREA
World of Threads Festival Living Arts Centre Mississauga Ontario CANADA
Periferica Ruskin Gallery Cambridge UK

2015
Wabi-Sabi O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Mill Valley CA
Texture O’Hanlon Center for the Arts Mill Valley CA
Resurrected The Early Works Satellite Gallery Las Vegas NV
Reimagining Minimalism O’Hanlon Center Mill Valley CA
Transforming: Street Objects SITE:Brooklyn Gallery Brooklyn NY

 

INSTALLATIONS

Clothes Like a River (#REFAB) Site: Dairy Barn Arts Center Athens OH
Looming Shelter Site: Desert X adjunct group installation Coachella Valley CA
Reclaiming Rapunzel Site: Marin Museum of Contemporary Art Novato CA
street objects Site: Hamilton Field Base Novato CA
Where-Hows (WEARHAUS) Site: Queens/Brooklyn NY border
Fire Hearth Site:
Private ranch near Pescadero CA
WHERE Were You Harassed? (ongoing)

 

RESIDENCIES

Galerie Abstract Project Paris FRANCE
Making for Good Artist-in-Residence Dairy Barn Arts Center Athens OH
Open Wabi Artist Residency Fredericktown OH
Icelandic Textile Centre Textilsetur Islands ICELAND
The Great Trump Makeover drawathon (100 Days Action Southern Exposure SF)
Cambridge Sustainability Residency Cambridge UK

 

AWARDS + GRANTS

Best in Show US: What Divides Us? Touchstone Gallery Washington DC
Artist Honorarium David Brower Center Berkeley CA
GCAC Artists in the Community Grant Columbus OH
Puffin Foundation Artist Grant Teaneck NJ
The Center for Craft Graduate Research Grant Asheville NC

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

THIS GALLERY (this gallery.org) Vancouver CANADA (ongoing)
#REFAB Dairy Barn Arts Center Athens OH

 

 

photo credit: Chris Darrouzet