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Inside The Contemporary Art and Design Of Barnaby Barford

Inside The Contemporary Art and Design Of Barnaby Barford ⇒ Barnaby Barford is an artist that uses recognizable iconography to subvert the narrative of ancient tales full of warning and advice, always bringing them into a contemporary art context. Best Design Guides brings you an insight into his work.

 

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“Jungle V.I.P.” Chandelier (2014). Made of crystal and glass. Created for Chandeliers group exhibition at David Gill gallery, with the artist’s trademark sense of humour. The Chandelier is forever tilted to the side by a swinging jewel encrusted primate with over 3,600 black Swarovski crystals. Photo: ©BB

His research explores the ultimate questions which are the essence of human nature: morality, the conflict between good or evil, lack of happiness, and society’s never-ending ambition.

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“Tottenham Fox” (2014). Made of ceramic flowers and leaves, epoxy putty, enamelled copper wire, expanded foam and paint. Exploration of the city’s effect on us as animals. Photo: ©BB
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“Riot” (2018). Made of ceramic, epoxy putty, platinum lustre, MDF frame, metal hanging components, silver, backed mirror and enamelled copper wires. This mirror uses over 4000 ceramic flowers and ivy leaves, each depicting scenes from London’s 2011 riots. A brutal event that was caused by inequality, individualism, competition and austerity, which have sadly only worsened in the last 7 years. Photo: ©BB

Barford creates art pieces in a wide range of materials, however, something naturally draws him to ceramics, to the use of mass and industrial production processes.

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“Future” (2017). This lighting sculpture consists of 6,500 individual hand-made porcelain pieces. Each piece is tattooed with fragments of a word drawing by Barford, saying ‘Future’. Photo: ©BB
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“Future”‘s Detail. Photo: ©BB

He brings to life not only monumental sculptures composed of thousands of individual ceramic pieces but also large-scale drawings which repeat the same word over and over again. All his artworks were born from dedication, passion and time, by collecting fragments to achieve completeness.

Barford’s best-known work is The Tower of Babel (2015), a colossal 6.5m tall tower, created for the V&A Museum in London. This installation included 3000 bone creating China buildings, each portraying a unique London shop that was offered for sale. Prices of the shops rose according to their position on the tower, encouraging people to understand or contest their place into London’s hierarchy of consumption.

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“The Tower of Babel” at the V&A. Photo: ©Thierry Bal
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Photo: ©The Tower of Babel

Barnaby Barford’s masterpieces were already exhibited internationally in solo shows across Europe and the US, including a survey exhibition at MoCA Virginia (2013). Represented by David Gill Gallery in London since 2005, his work is part of public and private collections worldwide including The V&A in London and MoFA in Houston, Texas. He also collaborated in many prestigious commissions, including Louis Vuitton and a permanent public artwork in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. In 2016 Barford was awarded the Hospital Club’s h.Club 100 Award for Art, Design and Craft which celebrates the most influential and innovative people in the creative industries.

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“Selfridges London – Louis Vuitton Commission”. Photo: ©BB
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“Selfridges London – Louis Vuitton Commission”‘s Detail. Photo: ©BB

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