Wednesday, January 6, 2016

I am always interested in expanding the bubble of design into art. The two together can be greatly inspiring. For me that is what art and design does, inspires. They have the potential to create a better us and world. Meaning and purpose. 

Long Beach NY Project. Carl Barnett Design/Studio

"Motion" Rug. Connie Lee/Carl Barnett Design/Studio

Central Park West Project. Carl Barnett Design/Studio

Monday, January 4, 2016

A new year is a demarcation of what was and what will be. An organization tool to corral time. To delineate and dissect that which is organic and fleeting. What was, was. What is, is. The marking of a new year is an indexical signifier. A place to start and to direct new possibilities. 

Untitled. 01/02/15. Carl Barnett Studio

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

I am a self confessed romantic, in that I believe in the inspiration of creativity. The power of visual language. The spoken and written word. Within the beauty of a flower is a powerful seed.  Imagine then what human creativity can do. What the innate, emotional and mental can inspire. For me the connection between person, place and thing is a vehicle and bridge. A movement towards and from. A traveling of sorts to what's possible. To a future unknown. A flower in bloom. 

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. "

~George Bernard Shaw

Untitled. 12/04/15. Carl Barnett Studio 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I have always been intrigued by the cross-referencing of art and design which is why I am excited to 
present a rug inspired by one of my paintings. It is interpreted by textile designer Connie Lee of CL Curated and its perfection! The attention to detail in this rug is fantastic as is the color. There is mastery at play in this interpretation by this amazing designer and I cannot be more thrilled. Grateful. 

Untitled (Black Out/Block Out)-2011. Carl Barnett Studio
Interpretation. Motion. Connie Lee/Carl Barnett Studio

Detail. Motion. Connie Lee/Carl Barnett Studio

Sunday, November 29, 2015

What do you want from your life?! From today?! From that second cup of coffee? Sometimes life bounds in early with the morning light barely showing.  Perched on our chest, weighted heavy. Over stuffed with questions. It follows us through our morning routine. Our half awake stumbling. Half hearted coffee making. Sometimes life and time comes careening towards us. Perplexities over coffee. No eggs over easy.

Untitled (Seeking)-for Michael Allen Potter. 05/18/14. Carl Barnett Studio

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Resolve and persistence speak to time. Past tense, future tense with a strong presence in the now. A
 strong presence in the faithful. It is of self sufficiency with a goal outside itself. It is loop and forward jolt. Emotional need and physical fact. 

"Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable."

~André Gide

Untitled. 11/24/15. Carl Barnett Studio

Saturday, November 21, 2015

In reality actions speak loudest. The physical reality of doing. But too are the tools of language. The spoken, written word. Actions and words stem from emotion. From the gut and the mind. To layer the two is to find the ultimate action. The ultimate resolve in this our challenged world. It is through word and hand that we find solution. It is the olive and the branch. 

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places."

~Ernest Hemingway 

Untitled (Chiaroscuro) 05/02/13. Carl Barnett Studio