Steven Barich is an American-born artist and educator now living in Portugal. His art practice employs themes and/or rules to directly guide the outcome of the image or object—such that can be described with the words: reverberation, abstract, negative mass, habitual pattern, impossible structure, broken-into-one. The forms manifest in drawing, collage, video and sculpture, commonly presented side-by-side in a single exhibition. Steven Barich studied at the California College of Arts & Crafts (now CCA) in Oakland, California, USA, later earning an MFA in Painting and Sculpture from Mills College in Oakland, California. He has exhibited at numerous spaces from artist-run alternative exhibitions to city museums, with periodic interventions performed in the public space.
Exhibitions include solo shows at Galeria Saguão (Viseu, PT), Branch Gallery (Oakland, USA), Rowan Morrison Gallery (Oakland, USA) and The Compound Gallery (Oakland, USA), as well as group exhibitions at/for Objectos Experimentais (Viseu, PT), Southern Exposure (San Francisco, USA), The Turchin Center for the Arts (Boone, NC, USA) The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, USA), the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, NL), TENT Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam, NL) and Curators without Borders (Berlin, D). In addition to exhibiting work, Barich has organized and curated exhibitions in partnership and independently in Rotterdam (NL), Oakland (CA, USA) and San Franciso (CA, USA).
Barich has been artist-in-residence at Air Bergen, USF Verftet (Norway), Stichting B.a.d., Rotterdam (NL) and Works/San José, San José (USA). He has tutored in the MFA Thesis program and Piet Zwarte Institute, Rotterdam (NL), Extended Education Faculty/Mentor in Studio Painting at the California College of the Arts (SF, CA, USA) and PT Faculty at Diablo Valley College (CA, USA) in the Studio Painting department. Publications of works and writing can be found in issues and online of ZYZZYVA - A journal of arts & letters (San Francisco, CA, USA), the East Bay Express (Berkeley, CA, USA), Art Ltd. Magazine (online), Achiote Press (USA), True-Eye Digital Showcase (online), Art World Digest (NY/LA, USA), Nomads + Residents (Rotterdam, NL), Urban View (Bay Area, CA, USA) and ArtWeek (Oakland/San Jose, CA, USA).
He currently lives and works at the Moinhos do Dão - Eco Quinta project.
An art practice is formed by guiding principles. They exist and persist through medium, series and subject matter. Such as: ways of seeing, a manipulation of the abstract image, the secrets within pattern or mosaic, or visually describing impossible landscapes. Creating a hum—a visual reverberation—with intention to break habitual patterns of thought via time spent in both considered observation as well as casual viewing. There are processes undertaken as part of a quest to depict the inner mind as well as the concept of soul, within an object or piece.
Recent works depict visual patterns, codes and text-combinations sourced from our contemporary Digital Age, placed along forms appreciated for either their naturalistic authenticity, their spiritual reference or (mis)understood aesthetic purity—visual exercises to open the consciousness to perception beyond the reach of the intellect...seen as talismans of the now. The work itself ranges from abstraction to figurative-yet-anonymous silhouettes, both small-size and on a grander scale, often as pixel-mosaic-filled stone forms. And in addition, wall sculpture incorporating geometric patterns, symbols and coded writing from both analog or virtual sources.