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´┐Żreflective 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)