What did you take away from last year?
Making is the key to mental health and we all have the right to make.
Twice in twenty four hours, 24 hours. Well, I was so thrilled to see our exhibition yesterday... emailing galleries so everybody should go and see that too. Both your exhibitions in fact, because in a way, I mean they are two very different exhibitions in some respects, but definitely one thing altogether. So what I want to ask you is how did, how, how did you, when did you submit... I remember when I first saw your painting, the very first time I saw your paintings, they were good, but you know, abstract expressionist paintings, suddenly managed. When did you suddenly discover it was possible to make paintings, which are also political?
I mean, I always thought if you go paint, paintings are always somewhat political, right?
Inevitably, I mean, everything you do is political at one level, but somehow you know the minute you suddenly became, you know, you suddenly started adding, black braided hair to your painting, and so on and so forth and the postcards, et cetera, et cetera, you know, where did that come from? What was it? Did you have a magic moment?
No and then I think, I mean, I think one of the things that I want to experience as a painter is that everything I feel is real.
So if I'm, if I'm, you know, there's some days where like you want to just sort of make, uh, you know, you want to make like an overtly, you want to make like a, a kinda overt statement about something, there's some days where you want to, you know, like there's paintings in there that's like, my cousin is stuck at home doing Tik Tok dancing, and then there's paintings that DMX passed away so I thought about him and thought, how could I make paintings based on his experience? And then there's paintings there that was about me traveling over the Andes mountains in a, in a bus, I was going like a hundred miles an hour on a mountain cliff, but I thought, oh shit, I could definitely fall over this thing. Um, so it just kind of feels like any, you know, order. And then there's paintings about bathing
Check out Alvaro Barrington's two recent solo exhibitions at Emalin Gallery in London, entitled ‘Drug Culture: Vol ii. Trust your local drug dealer’ and ‘My words will live forever-Fuck my Name’.
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