Salon 94 Design presents a new body of work by Thomas Barger which carefully finds a lucid balance between sculpture and object while exploring elements of scale, and new heights.
Using methods familiar to Barger, he continues to develop his work with up cycled furniture and paper pulp, Barger describes it as “campy drag high and low, transforming paper from NYC streets and rocks from my creek into something desirable.”
Barger aims for the stars with Heaven Bound. Using the rungs on the back of a shaker chair he sculpts upwards using exposed plywood, which gives us a glimpse into the construction of these masterfully shaped works. Playing with volume, Barger goes both big and small with chairs and benches. Works such as The Chicken or the Leaf?, and Consider the Lillies, Still Life, are titled in reference to their organic details. While Yellow Blanket, brings a sense of domesticity to a communally sized seating area.
Thomas Barger (b. 1993, Mattoon, IL), originally from a rural Cattle farm in Illinois, now works and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Amidst this new chosen environment, Barger’s work has been a process of emotional, intellectual, and spiritual exploration grounded in craft, narrative, and humor. Often modernism, queerness, city life versus a farming childhood inform his artistic decisions.
Thomas Barger studied architecture and landscape architecture at the university of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Barger currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Barger first exhibited with Salon 94 Design in March of 2018, had his second solo exhibition “Sugar Dish” at Supply Seoul, South Korea, and has been included in the following group shows; “This is Not A Chair” at Plant Seven, North Carolina; “A Cat’s Meow” at Sargents Daughters, New York; October 2018; and “for Mario” at Tina Kim Gallery, New York.