Yevgeniya Baras’s open studio and exhibition, The Day is Long, featuring work made during her residency, was on view at the Locker Plant in early July 2018. Baras’s oil-on-canvas paintings are built up in layers and incorporate materials such as burlap, wool, tire rubber, fabric, stones, and wood. This intuitive, accretive approach imbues her works with a tactile, almost architectural quality. Colorful patterns of biomorphic, runic, or pictogram-like shapes suggest a sense of private reverie—a cryptic symbology that the viewer is invited to decode.
Yevgenia Baras graduated with a BA in Fine Arts and Psychology and a MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. In 2007 she received a MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has participated in numerous group shows nationally and internationally since 2007 and had solo exhibitions in Berlin, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York. Baras is the recipient of grants and residencies from the Pollock Krasner Foundation (New York, NY), MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH), the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (New York, NY), and Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY). She lives and works in New York.