The concept came in two parts for "Turned On", which opened at West Eleven, Oct 1, 2011. This is a painting without canvas, a patent pending chemical combination that I came across a couple of years ago. Once set and dried, this piece is highly flexible, durable, and reworkable. It can be installed on walls, floors, ceilings, or a combination of all three multiple times and, thereby, gives the illusion of paint being poured directly on a surface and frozen, wet, mid-movement. It is free of any canvas constraint.
The current layout gives the illusion that the paint "oozes" from an electrical socket to the right, drips down the wall, onto the floor as you see here, below
Above, a view of the painting itself, at an angle, 13'x 8' which contains the visual representation of the myths described in the book,
" The Golden Bough"
In it, we are described as having a much more mystical, magical inner world than we allow ourselves. We are more than our daily actions of waking up, turning off the alarm, getting to work on time (or else run the risk of getting fired), work mindlessly, fight traffic, cook dinner, watch tv, go to bed, and reset again tomorrow. We have creative impulses, unique to each person, as represented by the dancers in red and gray in the picture below. We move through life by these impulses --picking up and taking away moments that add great potential energy to the world around us.
Can you see the dancers?
From left to right of the painting, we begin with the detail below shows the Adam figure entering the world.
Below, a detail of the far right of the piece that represents the womb of life from which we are created
As the dancers move throughout, they strive for the highest of heights as shown below
or begin to fall into the despairs, struggles, and loss as detailed in the pictures below
It is all how we choose to live through our ideas, beliefs, and as a by product, our actions
By adding "Tad," the man, in this setting, his presence represents someone in our physical reality who has been mentally opened up to this inner reality of creative awareness and has become immersed or "Turned On" by the energy of it. Hence the symbolism of the electrical socket being the source of the painting
For further questions or to view in person
please contact Kim Barry
Currently on exhibit at
642 Mouton Ave W-11
Los Angeles, CA 90031
818 416 4149