Collapse Time & Cultural Codes

Bloom by Lyndon Barrois, Jr.
50″x60″; Jacquard woven tapestry; 2019. Courtesy of the artist.


Lyndon Barrois, Jr. wins 2020 Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award

Lyndon Barrois, Jr. is one of two recipients of the 2020 Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Awards, presented annually to two alumni of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. “Recipients are chosen by a jury of faculty and alumni. Each winner receives $25,000 to advance their studio practice,” said a statement from the school. Artist Wyndi DeSouza also received the award this year.

Barrois combines traditional art materials with film stills, magazine photography, and everyday objects to explore themes of colour, control, and taste while deconstructing the manipulations of popular media.

Felt and Untitled Tear III (installation view) by Lyndon Barrois, Jr.
From “Question and Answer” show with Roni Packer at LVL 3 Gallery, Chicago, September 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

“Lyndon supercharges quotidian media images by his material transformations; the reconstituted images are lenses for reconsidering personal identity codes,” said Amy Hauft, director of the College of Art in the Sam Fox School.

Barrois is using the $25,000 award for new bodies of work based on 1970s and 1980s National Geographics that will be shown at Rubber Factory in New York and Specialist in Seattle.

“I attempt to collapse time and cultural codes across various contexts,” he explained, “thereby complicating recognizability by translating one visual language into another.”

Barrois is an assistant professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University and is currently artist-in-residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. He received his MFA from Sam Fox School in 2013 and shares the award with Wyndi DeSousa. Learn more about Barrois on his website,, and the Stone & DeGuire award at

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