John Barnes Art

Prospect.1 Statement

PROSPECT.1 Statement

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PROSPECT.1 is the first of a series of International Art Biennials that descend upon the City of New Orleans every 2-3 years in the late Fall/ Early winter seasons.  This event was curated by Dan Cameron in 2008 and featured 82 contemporary artists. 

My contribution to the Biennial was a suite of small to medium-sized wood construction sculptures that grew out of the narrative of destruction, survival, and revival in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.  The series features table-top sized works, but each sculpture has a monumental presence.  The surfaces are painted with colorful graffiti tags as well as local dialogues of frustration with the rebuilding process.  The tent-shaped objects are hybrid forms that represent house elements combined with boat elements.