Interview: Barry Johnson

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Interview: Barry Johnson

Luca Curci talks with artist Barry Johnson during SELF PORTRAITS exhibition in Venice on June 2015.

Barry Johnson guided his life by one simple principle: by living the curiosity and confidence of a child. He painted, sculpted, recorded short films and designed, large and small pieces/installations using a large variety of materials. Barry Johnson’s favorite canvas is the earth.

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Luca Curci – Can you talk about your personal experience in Venice? What did you think about the whole organization of the event, the artists’ selection, the communication management and opening nights?

Barry Johnson – I wasn’t able to attend the event as I am based in the U.S. but I was very excited to be invited to the event, the pictures online of the venue look amazing, and the turnout looked like it was definitely a success.

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L. C. – What do you think about the collaboration between It’s LIQUID and Ca’ Zanardi/Venice Art House?

B. J. – I think this was a great collaboration as it offered for a larger experience for both the Ca’Zanardi and Liquid and also for the artist.

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L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

B. J. – I premiered a silent film for the festival based around outburst of emotion through screaming absent of sound and color. It worked perfectly for the series Self Portrait as it provides view into the hardships, joy, and pain every person faces every day.

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?

B. J. – I’m currently working on three installations for some upcoming events. One based around light where I’m erecting a 10ft chandelier comprised LED lights, another one is a sound sculpture that can be played by participants and will react to environmental changes, and lastly an exhibit made up of shadow objects.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

B. J. – Art is only singular module that I’m effectively able to externalize my internal monologue to public.

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L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations? Do you think they can represent an opportunity for artists?

B. J. –  Absolutely! They provided a great venue and an array of opportunities for artists.

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