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BA (Hons) Interactive Arts

Sonny J. Barker

I consider myself a minimalist who has developed his practise through abstracted art constructing sculptural installations.  Within my practise I often utilize found material, specifically wood, metal objects and sound.  Polaroid photography, collage and drawing are the primary sources I use when creating concepts.

My work is usually concerned with the inanities of modern life and has a basis in time and the effects that time has on our general surroundings.  I am interested in the philosophy of the flanuer and this subject matter appears within my art.

At the moment I am researching road-side marking and road-side scars that are evident within the urban environment.  What interests me about this study is the virtual randomness of design elements that exist within these forms. 

I feel that road-side markings have an almost semiotic aspect when they are captured as photographs and are very much hieroglyphic when taken out of context.

Sonny J. Barker - Self Portrait
(inks, acrylic, found paper)

Self Portrait (inks, acrylic, found paper)

Sonny J. Barker - Road-Side Markings - ongoing
(digital photograph)

Road-Side Markings - ongoing (digital photograph)

Sonny J. Barker - From the Polaroid Collection [scale] - ongoing
(polaroid photgraphy)

From the Polaroid Collection [scale] - ongoing (polaroid photgraphy)

Sonny J. Barker - Monument to the Built-Up Environment - 2012
(found wood)

Monument to the Built-Up Environment - 2012 (found wood)

Tags: Architecture, Assemblage, Collage, Constructions, Constructivism, David Nash, Derive, Found Objects, Industry, Installation, Interactive Arts, Merz, Minimalism, Oiticica, Organic Robotix, Polaroid Photography, Ruins, Sculpture, Situationism, Trash, Urban, Urban Exploration, Wood

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