A continuation of his previous work on the American Porch and its role in the Black community, Wear this robe, let it comfort you, is a display of intricate clothes that explore themes of domesticity, vulnerability and extravagance. Garments are suspended in the storefront as if hung from a laundry line. Color palettes are derived from common household items in the Black home and patterns are inspired by collective activities. Gather in front of the window as if watching linen sway from the porch.
About the Artist
Barnes’ research and design practice investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Mining architecture’s social and political agency, he examines how the built environment influences black domesticity. His design and research contributions have been published and exhibited in several international institutions. Most notably, The Museum of Modern Art, The Graham Foundation, The New York Times, Architect Magazine, DesignMIAMI/ Art Basel, The Swiss Institute, Metropolis Magazine, Curbed, and The National Museum of African American History where he was identified as one of the future designers on the rise.
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7340 Collins Ave