MLitt Fine Art Practice School of Fine Art

John Barry (he/him)

John Barry’s work explores memory and working-class culture; location, sound, change and language permeates the work. John’s art practice concerns the human using the simple principles mediated by observation, communication, often collaborative aiming to be emotive about belonging and collective memory; a practice shaped by working and living with often stigmatised communities.

 

 

Contact
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Portfolio 2021 via Issuu
Works
Other Voices Other Rooms
The living room
Lockdown with feathers

Other Voices Other Rooms

Other voices other rooms investigates the role of an artist working within the community of West Princes Street, Glasgow.  Using field recordings, workshops, interviews and sound constructions (Soundwerkz) other voices other rooms captures a core essence of a diverse, dynamic community that has been wounded. Important themes that emerged during the artist’s practice were healing/spirituality, seasonal change/ritual and creative celebration. Other voices other rooms used low scale community driven interventions to bolster shared memory and experiences. Using a range of research strategies, including those instigated by the community – mapping of historical events, derives, psychogeography and Goethe’s principle of exploring the realm of the organic; the artist creates imagined realities, located on West Princes Street, that intend to maintain community memory and understanding of dynamic change in a framework of continuity.

Community garden

The living room

The living room reflected a period of intense longing and confusion at been relocated, at points roofless staying in atrophying B&Bs in a city with new culture, language and history.  Feeling noise, dust, confusion, change. Being outside, an observer, without direction a period of upheaval magnified by forced distancing due to covid. I found through research that this renewal was matched by the dynamic changing nature of Glasgow’s communities typified by the Bruce Report and exemplified by City Council building projects such as the Basil Spence designed Hutchenstown B. The living room is imagined as an interactive performance space and installation.

Faded glory 1

Faded glory 2

Faded Glory

BLOWDOWN

Blowdown

LAMENT

Lament

PROPHECY

Prophecy

TRANSFORMATION

Transformation

Lockdown with feathers

Greet (Saudade)

Original musical composition on Scottish small pipes by Brighede Chaimbeul

You betrayed me

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Right carry on

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absence without longing within

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touching the void 1

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touching the void 2

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longing without

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I'd do anything

Grandfather Syd

Clashmaclaiver

Psychodrama shadowplay

Upside down

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Conflicted Designs V, VI & VII

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Conflicted Design V

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Conflicted Design VI

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Conflicted Design VII

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Eyes shut

In collaboration with Katja Harrison

Seawards the Great

In Collaboration with Brian Sweeney
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