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Posted on Sep. 3, 2009
Forum Lounge: Daniel Barrow, Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry
THU. SEP. 3, 2009 - 7 PM
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace
Winnipeg-based artist and featured performer at the 2009 Time-Based Art Festival in Portland, OR, Daniel Barrow uses obsolete technologies as "manual" forms of animation by projecting, layering, and manipulating drawings on old-school overhead projectors.
Funding and support for the ‘09-‘10 Forum Lounge season is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Make Studio, and the Franciscan Inn. Official media sponsors: the Santa Barbara Independent and KCSB 91.9 FM. Forum Lounge is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s First Thursdays.
Daniel Barrow has been producing his multimedia performances are pieces for major festivals, including TBA at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, where I first noticed his work. Based in Winnipeg, Daniel was the first non-US artist to be a part of Forum Lounge, due largely to the NEA grant we received to fund the program which increased my travel budget for artists. I was intrigued by one of Daniel's earlier pieces, Winnipeg Babysitter, in which he appropriated clips from Winnipeg's public access TV station in the 1980s. The result was--not surprisingly--hilarious and intimately revealing at the same time, like peeking into the window of a neighborhood garage where teenage kids practice their flailing musical pursuits.
The same sense of voyeurism informs the piece Daniel performed at CAF: Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry. Incorporating film, drawing, music and storytelling, Daniel uses a relic of art historian proportions--the overhead projector--to perform his piece, weaving a complex murder-mystery of a garbage man who traces the inhabitants of a city through their bedroom windows to create an independent phone book. Both eerily unsettling and compelling in its delicate aesthetic, Daniel translates the first person experience into a captivating storytelling collaboration, drawing the viewer in through the immediacy of his illustrations and the deliberate pacing of the narrative.
--Heather Jeno Silva, Forum Lounge Curator