"Y’Barbo works with technical, technological, evidently computer-generated imagery, speaking of the way we try to quantify and even commodify our lives. But he doesn’t argue against the computer's lack of humanity so much as he tries to humanize it, to bring it down – or up – to our scale.”

Peter Frank - Critic for the Huffington Post, Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum, and former Editor of THEmagazine Los Angeles.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

1st Year PhD Exhibition - Salon Adverts


Salon Advert (tree III)
digital print on raw canvas
50 x 50 cm
2013






Salon Advert (tree IV)
digital print on raw canvas
50 x 50 cm
2013



Above are two digital images that i had printed on raw canvas for a recent exhibition at Chelsea College. The exhibition was for 1st Year PhD Students who's research is practice-led. 


This is a tricky area for me as i mainly work in participatory art (creativity and learning through community engagement i.e. Chelsea Salon Series) which tends not to result in material objects.


However, these works were created as advertisements for the Chelsea Salon Series. I combined images of individual practices and documentation of salon events and the resultant images roughly take the form of a tree. The images were selected randomly with only the overall hue, colour and tone of the image as a uniting factor. The combination of individual practices can be seen to form a network - a networks that is based on interaction and creativity which can result in new relationships and ideas.


For more details on the Chelsea Salon Series, please visit www.chelseasalonseries.blogspot.co.uk

Bussey Building June 2012






HEAT,
SMOKE, 
KITCHEN UTENSILS, 
SOUND,
SOUND INSULATION, 
DETERGENT,
3-D and 2-D work'. 
Some of the works in this exhibition concentrate
on the use of senses other than sight. This not only refers
to works producing or dampening aural sensations (a.k.a sound-art),
but to the 'clean' smell of detergents and the hotness of a heater.
How much are we willing or prepared to invest in a
work that is not only 'in front of our eyes'?
There are other themes emerging from the clutter of this seemingly eclectic mix of art work : “experiments” that might remind one of
high-school science classes, diy sound insulation that
could look like an empty canvas, collapsed cardboard structures that
could get more attention than the ones next to a bin, organised
detergents in the style of dot painting or a religious ritual,
painting and drawing a picture, buying a heater from Argos, 
mimicking a guitar body or stacking clay.The materials used reflect 
what is readily available.