Ted Barker: Detritus


We are pleased to announce Ted Barker's first solo show with the gallery. Detritus highlights Barker's ability to move fluidly between multiple media, and will feature watercolour, conté drawing, and sculpture.

With this exhibition, Barker builds on an established familial iconography through documenting meaningful artifacts: his Opa’s favourite jacket, an empty inkwell. Small remnants of his grandfather’s extraordinary life have an extraordinary impact on the young artist. “A lot of the work originated with a consideration of my Opa's life and the space existing between his affluent background and a fairly fabricated rustic life living in a traditional log cabin in Ontario. From that, I began to think about my own life and what sort of debris or object exists in similar situations

From these deep considerations evolved a new series in which the artist uses these relics to create objects representing various body parts: the hand, the ear, the heart. These individual objects are then documented as watercolours, and produce a full self-portrait of the artist. Ted Barker would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts in the creation of this exhibition.

Detritus will run from January 2 until January 30, 2016. There will be an opening reception Saturday, January 2 from 2-5 pm with the artist in attendance.

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About the artist

Ted Barker is a multidisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg. He obtained a BFA (Honors) from the University of Manitoba in 2007. Barker has participated in major exhibitions and art fairs in New York, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. In 2014, he was the recipient of a major Canada Council for the Arts grant. His work has been written about in Border Crossings, and  Canadian Art.