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View of “Sadie Barnette,” 2018. All works untitled, 2018.

View of “Sadie Barnette,” 2018. All works untitled, 2018.

Sadie Barnette

Charlie James Gallery

In Sadie Barnette’s photographic collage Untitled (Pink Diamond/ Jump), 2016, the gleaming facets of a pink diamond adjoin the upper torso of a young black girl playing in a bounce house. Part of the artist’s recent solo presentation, evocatively titled “Black Sky,” this image contains references to stereotypical girl culture and class aspiration, both of which were consistently and vibrantly invoked throughout Barnette’s expansive, multiroom installation. The upper gallery featured paintings, photographs, collages, and light boxes, while the lower space, set up to function as a living room or den, complete with an iridescent couch, was drenched in hot-pink paint and carpeting.

The work was hung within the salon-style arrangement of the lower space, and thus assumed a familiarity and informality. In conjoining the photographs of the gemstone and the girl (could it be Barnette?), the artist

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