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3456 Evaline Street
Hamtramck, Mi 48212
USA

HATCH is a grassroots collective of artists from Hamtramck and the greater Detroit area. It exists to support, grow and promote local art and artists.

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Brian Barr: The Native Hue

Hatch Admin

May 9 - 30, 2015
Opening Reception May 16th, 6:00-9:00PM

Hatch Art Gallery, 3456 Evaline St. Hamtramck, MI 48212
Gallery Hours Saturdays, 1:00 - 6:00 P.M.

“And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought”
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet

For my exhibition, The Native Hue, I am interested in simultaneously looking at, and looking through, the past, present and future of cultural production. Jan Ver Woert calls for moving from a pantheon of creative geniuses to the pandemonium of endless creative activity and inspiration. A world where the art gods of present and past are slain in favor of an open source mode of cultural production and evolution. I am questioning the notion of cultural ownership of ideas and images. The exhibition will present a complex network of presentation, re-presentation and representation.

In my solo practice and my collaborations with Lauren Rice I am interested in how context constructs meaning, how images can change over time, and how information can be lost or reconstituted. I view myself as a collector engaged with the post-production notion of recycling and reshaping images, in order to reexamine history and by default, the future. 

I am interested in the possibility for meaning embedded within aesthetic experience, form and material in light of the instability of context in the digital age. Today, art works travel around the globe in virtual space/time in a fraction of a second. Each time they land or surface somewhere, the context of viewing and understanding is inevitably changed. This destabilizing of a works context has lead to a re-examination of formal and aesthetic concerns in one way or another. 

As a result of this reinvestigation of form and aesthetics and the constant state of flux of a work of art’s context, I am interested in display as subject, as well as the importance of the complex relationship of form and material in understanding and viewing a work of art. I am exploring the space between a discursive research based practice and a formal, heuristic approach to the installation, exhibition and display of ideas. Through various modes of presentation and display, I am dealing with the irrationally infinite space between two rational concepts; where physical and structural materials are employed formally, where the photograph collides with the physical world as it becomes sculptural, and where spaces themselves are created that must be experienced both contextually and visually. I am interested in creating a network of ideas, objects and images that does not classify easily.