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Barnaby Barford, Come on you lightweight - Down it!, 2007. Bone china, porcelain, other media. H29 x L38 x W28 cm. Courtesy David Gill Galleries, London.
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will host UK artist Barnaby Barford, September 12 - December 29, 2013, known for his work with antique or mass-produced porcelain figures, which he recombines and reassembles into narrative sculpture.
This will be Barford’s first solo exhibition in the US and will feature 30 sculptural works which explore and celebrate the human condition, usually with a sinister or sardonic theme. Included in the exhibition is a more cid:03D80216-7B89-4931-BB01-7C2ECF8A0198recent piece from the artist’s latest acclaimed show, Seven Deadly Sins at David Gill Galleries Ltd (London), and a 2008 short animated film Damaged Goods; a tragic love story played out by porcelain figurines commissioned by Animate Projects, a non-profit organization in the UK dedicated to supporting experiments in animation Barnaby draws a portrait of our contemporary lives with an ironic choice of medium. A kitsch figure of a 19th century peasant boy becomes a 20th century teenage thug in a hoodie; rustic maidens dancing on a bed of roses brandish guns; a charming scene of a Victorian family shares a meal of copious buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The exhibition is organized by MOCA and curated by Alison Byrne, Director of Exhibitions and Education at MOCA, and Andrée Cooke, Independent Curator based in London.
Andrée Cooke says: "Barnaby Barford's use of ceramics fuses contemporary application with tradition; his witty use of language and content is a dynamic rare blend which sets him apart from his contemporaries. His style is highly distinctive and provides a critical commentary of western contemporary culture.”
MOCA is located at 2200 Parks Avenue at the entrance of I-264 in Virginia Beach. 757-425-0000. www.VirginiaMOCA.org.
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