The Face of Everything is a graphic performance set in the mid-seventies that tells the story of a young man whose life experiences loosely parallel those of Scott Thorson, Liberace’s boyfriend. The 40 minute performance pursues Barrow’s ongoing interest in 20th-century masculine aesthetics and panache. Barrow combines obsolete technologies with popular imagery to evoke emotional content which explores the confluence between beauty and sadness. Daniel Barrow is a Winnipeg-based artist, who works in installation, video and what he calls ‘graphic performance.’ He adapts comic book narratives to a “manual” form of animation by transferring hundreds of individual drawings onto mylar transparencies and projecting these drawings to tell a story. The drawings are manipulated by hand on an overhead projector, while Barrow narrates the story to swells of background music
Daniel Barrow’s “The Face of Everything” is presented by the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for the arts. Curated by Diana Sherlock, Super Modern World of Beauty.
Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow works in video, film, print-making and drawing, but is best known for his use of antiquated technologies, his “registered projection” installations, and his narrative overhead projection performances. Barrow describes his performance method as a process of, “creating and adapting comic narratives to manual forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors”.
Barrow has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. He has performed at The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA festival, and the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival. Barrow is the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award as well as the recipient of the 2013 Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Prize.