Lyndon Barrois Jr. (b. 1983) complicates the lineage of Western art history in search of a black formalism, a space where artists of color can access a psychological and technical freedom from traditional European discourse. Barrois Jr. investigates the formal, conceptual, and social aspects of making images, prioritizing nuanced representations of marginal identities through printed works, installations, and video. He constructs new narratives altering reproductions, re-framing found imagery—both anthropological and from popular culture—and intentionally pairing miscellaneous objects and images together. His works abstract the idea of the image through processes of transference, duplication, and editing, and by presenting the multiple parts that make up a whole image, Barrois Jr. challenges the conventional ways viewers associate. His installations claim a physical and intellectual space that questions the relationship between reality and its representation, where Barrois centers an African American perspective on aesthetics and asks “How can matter be doubly conscious?”
Barrois Jr. has exhibited nationally and internationally,including solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts (St. Louis), and group exhibitions at the Chicago Artist Coalition (Chicago) and Blackburn 20/20 Gallery (New York), to name a few. He received an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. Barrois Jr.has been a teaching artist at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago and a faculty member at Washington University and Webster University. He is currently the Museum Educator at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.