PAST

CHRIS BARR

24 February 2011 - 2 April 2011

THIS PLACE MUST BE EARTH

As a perverse affirmation of sorts the title of this show has the reverse effect of
forcing us to question our surroundings in a new light that seems to conjure up the de-familiarising aura of science fiction.

The relationship between the objects and the images in the show creates a kind of theatrical flux where we are encouraged to view familiar forms and origins within a different register of value. Located somewhere between the domestic and the museological, the works address the presuppositions about our collective memory. Semi–reflective surfaces obscure images, drawing us into the work yet simultaneously holding us back, never entirely allowing the viewer to forget their surroundings. Other objects seem to conflate a fictitious past with an equally uncertain present or future, a play on possible and potential meanings, presenting the notion that just like the abstract fictions of the artist, there are an infinite number of possible Earths.

Christopher Barr is a recent graduate of the MA Painting programme at the Royal College of Art, London.

Image: Christopher Barr. Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, Digital Print, iridescent film. Framed work. 2011.

Opening Wednesday - Saturday 12:00 - 18:00 (new opening times)