Barrie j davies
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BARRIE J DAVIES: Born In Milford Haven Pembrokeshire Wales 10th of September 1977
The work of Barrie J Davies ranges from the use of various media playing with meanings, images, objects and texts to create possible new fictions and reality to reassess the world and space around us through the guise of language and displacement. Humour is the catalyst in which is manipulated to help guide the work to possible understandings.
EDUCATION 2004 - University of Wales Institute Cardiff – MA Fine Art 2000 - Southampton Institute – BA Hons Fine Art (Time Based Media) 1997 - Carmarthen College of Art and Design – Foundation Course
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2006 – "THE BALLAD OF BARRIE J" G39, Cardiff, Wales 2005 – "MAY CONTAIN NUTS" Oriel I Bawb, Snowdon Mill, Porthmadog, Wales 2005 – "BARRIE J DAVIES IS AN ARTIST" Fold Gallery, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England 2004 – "BLOW MY MONKEY" The Red Box Gallery, Ninian Road, Cardiff, Wales 2003 – "SERENDIPITY" The Circle Gallery, Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, Wales 2001 – "23 RPM" Haverfordwest Library Gallery, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales 2000 –"CRIME SCENE" Project Milford, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales 1998 – "WORLDS MOST WANTED" Haverfordwest Community Centre, Pembrokeshire, Wales
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2006 – "WISH YOU WERE HERE!" Artshed, Ware, Herts, England 2005 – "MULTIPLEX 4" The Old Cinema Art Space, Hoxton, London, England 2005 – "SLICE 3" Chapter Art Gallery, Cardiff, Wales (curated by Alan Baynes and Andy Fung) 2005 – "MULTIPLEX 3" The Old Cinema Art Space, Hoxton, London, England 2005 – "SECRET" The Royal College of Art, London, England 2005 – "THE WELSH CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2005" Oriel I Bawb, Porthmadog, Wales, 2005 – "MOBILE" Arena Gallery, Liverpool, England 2005 – "SUPER 8 STATION 2" Station Art space, Bristol, England 2005 – “OBSESSION” GALERI X, Istanbul, Turkey 2005 – "STATES OF UNION ?" Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland 2004 – "THE POST CARD SHOW" The Surface Gallery, Nottingham, England 2004 – "SLICE 2" Tactile Bosch Artspace, Llandaff North, Cardiff, Wales 2004 – "FLIM – FLAM" G39, Mill lane, Cardiff, Wales (Curated by Anthony Shapland) 2004 – "PERFECTLY NORMAL" Tactile Bosch Artspace, Cardiff, Wales 2003 – "SLICE" Jacobs Market Art Space, Cardiff, Wales 2003 – "DRAWING, THE END OF THE LINE" Ecole Municipale de Dessin, Saint-lo, France 2003 – "CAERLEON ARTS FAIR" Artavia Gallery, Caerleon, Wales 2002 – "ART IN THE MARKET" Newport market Gallery, Newport, Wales 2002 – "SUMMER" Brooklyn Art Gallery, Cardiff Wales 2001 – "CHRISTMAS" InkSpot Arts and Crafts Centre Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 2000 – "ANONYMOUS" Southampton Institute Fine Art Degree show, Southampton, England 1998 – "ALCHEMY" St Mary’s Market, Southampton, England
SOLO PERFORMANCES, EVENTS, HAPPENINGS AND PROJECTS 2005 – “ON THE PISS” A happening / event/ pub crawl starting at the Tut and Shive pub City Road Cardiff going to other pubs in Cardiff. Images of this event documented for Barrie J Davies Website. 27th may 2004 – "THE MUSEUM OF NOTHINGNESS" Mail Art project collecting objects that represent ‘nothing’, publicised in The Western Mail and AN magazine, Nov 2003 – “THE GREAT NATIONAL GIVE AWAY” a mail art project giving away free unframed abstract paintings to galleries and members of the public 2002 – "REJECTED: 2002 to Present" an on going collection project file of art gallery rejection letters.
CURATORIAL ACTIVITIES 2006 – "THE COUCH TRIP" curator and organiser of an exhibition of Video art in the lounge of a flat in Cardiff, Mar 2005 – “ALL WASHED UP!” curator and organiser of an exhibition of artwork in a Bathroom in Cardiff, Aug
COMMISSIONS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCES 2005 – The Red Box Gallery Award for The Baddest Painting 2005 – Quench Magazine – cover image
SELECTED CRITICAL REVIEWS, MEDIA AND PRESS COVERAGE 2005 – Cumberland & Westmorland Herald "Its all a matter of taste"6th Aug, p4 2005 – South Wales Echo, “Glass half empty for pub crawl record attempt” 28th may, p.3 2005 – Red Dragon FM “The Art Pub Crawl” 27th may 2005 – South Wales Echo, “Can this man organise a booze-up in a brewery?” 20th may, p.8 2005 – BBC Website “Live Art Pub Crawl” may 2005 – Quench Magazine “Artist or Knob Head?”, Vol 2 Issue 23, p.8 & p.9 2004 – The Western Mail "Hunt for something to prove nothing" 23rd Nov, p.14 2005 – "Obsession" Exhibition Catalogue CD ROM 2004 – MA fine Art Degree Show Catalogue, 2004 – S4C Television Documentary "Slay Maker" May 6th, 9.30pm 2003 – "Drawing, The end of the line" Exhibition Catalogue 2001 – Buzz Magazine - Feb 2000 – Milford Mercury Newspaper "01 Gallery For Milford?" 21st July p. 7 2000 – Southampton Institute Fine Art Degree Show Catalogue
THE WORK OF THE ARTIST BARRIE J. DAVIES
Once upon a time there was an conceptual artist born in ye old Pembrokeshire, Wales, called Barrie J Davies.
Barrie J Davies is an artist who has anarchically explored the absurdity of contemporary life working in his paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, films, drawings, performance works, publications, badges, posters, signs, public interventions and written works. He has exhibited his old unframed abstract paintings on paper and sold them for one pound each. He organised an art pub crawl called "on the piss" designed as a focus for getting people together to talk about art while going out for a night around the pubs in Cardiff. Documentation of this event was posted on his website barriejdavies.com and for the people that came along they were each given a limited edition badge which said "on the piss with Barrie J Davies". He has made a 'liberating' video work of releasing yellow bath-time ducks on to a lake alongside real ducks and swans to explore the man-made world against the natural world. He has set up the world's first "Museum of Nothingness", a project designed to collect and preserve objects in a briefcase to which the public has donated to represent their idea of 'nothing' and 'nothingness'. He has made many word and text based drawings and paintings which explore the ideas of contemporary art and its limitations. He has put up temporary text based signs and posters around the city of Cardiff to explore the confusion that we face in moving around in our daily lives. They have been documented as photographs. He has sold some artworks on Ebay when he has been strapped for cash. He has organised an exhibition of art works by other artists in the bathroom of his flat, called "All Washed up!". He has exhibited his collection of rejection letters from galleries for a ongoing project called "Rejected". This file of letters runs from 2002 to the present day. Another one of his projects was to introduce the "Unlimited Print" which is an unlimited edition, ink on A4 paper print (2004), which is available to download free from his website barriejdavies.com as a word document.
The artwork of Barrie J Davies explores the funny and the stupid things of life that make us laugh or get in the way or just get on our nerves or even make us fall over; they are always completely off the wall.
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