Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Barrie J Davies feed back survey form about filling in stupid forms

“The Barrie J Davies feed back survey form about filling in stupid forms that have no meaning and will have no relevance if you make the answers up or not, but you fill them in anyway”

1. Name (made up one):

2. You live in a:

3. Name two Things that make you laugh:

4. Name five things that you keep in your pockets:

5. Describe what did you dreamt about last night?:

6. Name your favourite Artist:

7. Do you like chips?

8. If you found a pound coin would you keep it?

9. Pepsi or Coca Cola?

10. Are you telling the truth?

11. Why are you filling this form in?

12. Would you consider yourself an artist?

13. Do you have an I.Q of 100 or over?

14. Are you trying to give up smoking?

15. Are you In Love?

16. Boyzone or Take That ?

17. Have you ever owned a hamster and what was its name?

18. Do you stand on the cracks on the Pavement?

19. Do you consider yourself to be happy Person?

20. Do you make a good cup of tea?

21. Can you bothered to fill in any more answers?

22. Did you watch any television last night?

Thank you for filling in this form

All answers will have no relevance what so ever on the future of the universe as this has been a complete waste of your time, but did you enjoy it ?

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

a review of the artwork of Barrie J Davies by Richard Higlett

Every artist was first an amateur’ When I look at the work of Barrie J. Davies, I am reminded of this quote by the American author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (*1). The word amateur has attracted a stigma in modern society and I need to stress this reference is not a criticism of his practise. Experience has lead me to release the better you are at something the less you are able to do it. For example, say you are good at metal fabrication, over time you maybe promoted to a management position or if you are a sculpture the work becomes bigger or your workload increases so you need to employ staff, all taking you further from what you are best at as you enter the realm of the professional. (Here I would argue not because you are good just more efficient, this is something was can discuss another day…..) Barrie J. Davies is autonomous. His spontaneous graphic style is from the land of the biro, marker pen and correction fluid. It resists the pull of the computer and the homogenisation that accompanies it use. He operates as social observer, creating works that convey a sense that he is continuously analysing the relationship with the written word and the image as a form of visual device, while interpreting his immediate, city environment. Like all artists, to a greater or lesser extent, his work is a reflection of his personally. When he makes a statement such as ‘ Barrie J. Davies is an artist’ it can also be read like a question, while not a statement attempting to justify his worth as an artist or as a statement of ego. Like the perennial ‘is it art?’ phrase, it has no definitive response. This potential for a conceptual reading to his work is balanced by an aesthetic which could currently be referred to as ‘low-fi’ but it is not the result of a pre-determined intention to make work from everyday, common place materials but more a result of what is to hand and resonant to his working environment. Like the amateur he remains very close to his work, a singular voice remaining with what he is best at, producing work in many mediums that is humorous, essentially optimistic, an extension of the self and the way only he sees it. Ref: (1). From Letters and Social Aims: Progress of Culture, 1876 by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) Richard Higlett 7th August 2006