Everything, All the Time, Always

New work by Sadie Barnette

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 2012 (6-10PM)


Double Break is thrilled to announce Everything, All the Time, Always, a solo exhibition of new work by Sadie Barnette. Using drawing, photography, and objects, Barnette constructs “a visual language system out of sub-culture codes and West Coast vernacular, economic formalism, text, and abstractions.” Her work stems from an investment in place and location, though it is the notion of specificity itself, rather than any specific locale that she is most compelled by. Projecting outwards from a place, say Oakland, California, she is invested in the study of location, the “weight and content of the specificity of the local.” This study begins in one place, but it can go anywhere. Specificity is universal; Barnette’s findings are urgent. The poetics of her gesture and the fineness of her line illuminate this urgency, these fragile yet tenacious binaries. It is within the sumptuousness of brilliant, saturated color in a lush tumble of sneaker-laces; the allure and impossibility of a sky made of glitter; the harsh perfection of the grid, flexible but absolute; and the velvet, tactile softness of graphite that an uncompromising yet generous commitment to the real and the specific lie. In Barnette’s work, what is at stake is “the gravity of the urban as fantasy; extra-legal economies; luxury as drug; counterfeit capitalism; glitter as hypnotic; outer space as head space; the everyday as gold, family, and lived identity experience; and the party.”


For Everything, All the Time, Always, Barnette will take over the entirety of Double Break–from front window to back wall–filling the space with a combination of large-scale graphite drawings, color photographs, site-specific wall-works, editioned multiples, and discreetly altered found objects. Furthering her explorations of place and location through the specificity of the gallery/shop context,Double Break–gallery and shop, local arts venue and regional/national cultural space, microcosm and macrocosm–will serve as an “inset” of focused investigation within the territory of Barnette’s broader personal and cultural purview. In taking over the space entirely, she will highlight and attend to the symbiotic nature of the gallery/shop relationship, creating a unique viewing experience unlike anything yet seen at Double Break.


Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, CA. She received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006, and is currently an MFA candidate in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Recent shows include More Real Than Life at Southwestern College (San Diego), Last Time It Was Gray at Park Life (San Francisco), and Light/Weight at Zughaus Gallery (Berkeley, CA). She was a 2011 artist-in-residence at UCSD’s Thurgood Marshall College, and her book Plus Onewas released in 2010 by San Diego-based publisher Gravity and Trajectory.


Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 2012 (6-10PM)

Exhibition runs through Saturday, May 12, 2012

Free and open to the public!



Drawing Jam #2: Monday, April 30, 2012 (8PM-Midnight)

Ten local artists, including Sadie Barnette, will be at the Tin Can Alehouse all night drawing, listening to music, chatting with the crowd, and selling their creative labors for affordable prices!


Special Closing Party with Broken Heart Tattoo: Saturday, May 12, 2012


Double Break

1821 5th Ave

San Diego, CA 92101