This is art which spills incontinent, overflowing easy boundaries, art to make you giggle then gasp, veering and swerving constantly from the playful to the profound via the downright sinister, through a collage of cut out and keep characters who’ll you’ll find living in your head long after you leave the safe space of the gallery.The exhibition features 30 mixed media works, showing Ingrid’s love of experimentation, ranging from colourful oil paintings to large scale black and white drawings, collages and works in neon. All focus on the craziness of the quotidian: sometimes disarming, sometimes whimsical and dreamlike, always a lively, humorous and quirky look at our changing, challenging world.
This is work which tells a story, a roman a clef. While the art speaks for itself, Ingrid is happy to turn the key and amplify its voice by providing hints and clues through regular talks. She will explain the narratives behind the art such as “ Cheese on the door, where’s my stew?” It is a glimpse into a land where cheese is found perching on top of a bedroom door. Why is it there ? Why is it specifically smoked Austrian cheddar as found on a 1960 cheeseboard, in an English boarding house ? And will the contemporary quest for mindfulness and the desire to live in the moment be overwhelmed by the pressing matter of what’s for tea, and the domestic demand “where’s my stew?”.
Or take the darker “Instamental health @ big Jim’s mobile sushi shop”. A large scale oil displays the warped imagination of the Rorschach gamer character in the centre. What though is his greatest digital obsession? PlayStation, horror movies, Japanese manga, media icons, sex ? Or his own ego ? The only analogue element
in his life is a love of sushi which he orders at Uber eats from Big Jim’s mobile sushi shop. But will even his sustenance turn to nightmare, crawling across the landscape of his anxiety, insecurity and his utter ignorance of world problems outside his closed bedroom door ?
Said Elisa Martinelli, manager and curator at ArtMoorHouse: “ We are delighted to be offering Ingrid Barber her first solo show. Having collaborated with Ingrid on her unique perspective of the commemoration of the Somme, we are proud to be showing her most recent works, profound and playful reflections of a rather surreal past two years.”
Find out at ArtMoorHouse, Moor House, 120 London Wall, Greater London, EC2Y 5ET. Moorgate tube.
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