ME WANT NOW, Opening 18 Nov 2016
One year on from the residency of The Tower of Babel project at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Barnaby Barford will present his new body of work ME WANT NOW at David Gill Gallery in London. The installation of sculpture and drawing explores ‘me first’ culture, debating our values in an increasingly polarised political landscape, and is the first exhibition of his works on paper.
Large-scale energetic Word Drawings, embody the chaotic immediacy and forceful nature of pursuing egocentric goals. Acting as ‘nets’, these drawings trap the audience and the centrepiece, a queue of life-size ceramic animals, by offering us what ‘we’ want now. “It feels like words have never been so important - those written in the press, posted across social media and in speeches from our politicians, in volatile times words can be dangerous.” Barford explains “In the face of our insatiable need for more and the resulting constant discontent, is this really what we want?”