Queer Lines (For Agnes) | Kate Barry

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Queer Lines (For Agnes) is a response to the American abstract painter Agnes Martin specifically the use of horizontal lines in her later work, 1974 and 2004.


Oct 6, 2022, 12:00pm – Oct 20, 2022, 12:00pm

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Queer Lines (For Agnes)

Exhibition dates
: October 6th - 20th, 2022
: Saturday, October 8th, 12:00pm - 3:00pm.

In Queer Lines (For Agnes), the horizontal line becomes a metaphor for agency, queerness and interconnectivity. Inspired by Agnes Martin’s lesbian identity and her overall sublime resistance to patriarchal norms realized in both her painting and writing, I find Agnes Martin’s contributions to queering the Western canon of art history both provocative and inspiring. I see the exhibtion, Queer Lines (for Agnes) as an extension of the search for freedom Martin was pursuing throughout her career.

About the Artist

Kate Barry is a performance artist currently based in the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and sƏl̓ílwƏtaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Her work investigates queerness, subjectivity, and embodied practice through painting, drawing, and video. She has also contributed over 25 years to working in artist-run spaces in Canada, including as a board member at FADO Performance Art Centre (2011-14), project manager for "More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women "(2016), archival and research associate for "Wordless: The Performance Art of Rebecca Belmore" (2019), and as the programmer for the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen launched by grunt gallery in 2019. Currently, she is a sessional faculty at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (ECU) and is a board member at the Western Front (2022- to present) and a member of the collective, MARFEC (Mutual Aid and Reciprocity Fund at ECU).