The first individual exhibition of the colombian artist, Johan Barrios. “Ejercicios de ruptura”, it is composed by a series of pieces in which Johan investigates drawing’s expressive possibilities, the leitmotiv of his art work is the image in itself.
Johan Barrios investigates drawing’s expressive possibilities, the leitmotiv of his art work is the image in itself. He talks about rupture, transgresion. He uses the portrayed characters, which are almost inanimates, as an excuse to make visible the modifications that are produced in the image by the elements found in the space where it is constructed. The role of his protagonists is a performative one. The people are transformed into compositional elements of the image, elements that exist to create a change, a movement, a line, an atmosphere, an object that can be transferred to the graphic universe. Johan explains that, “Ejercicios de ruptura it is a reflection about the transformation, the trangresion and the absence of the image in an ambiguous territory, as a metaphor of the immediate”.
The visage is hidden, in order to avoid adding to the piece the emotional connotations of the facial expressions, there is no interest in the face distracting the public from the real focus: THE IMAGE. There is no identity, there is no story, as much as figuration it is a constant in Johan’s expressive language, his pieces are not narrative but metareferential. The use of other visual elements, such as the projection of forms and lines on his models, it is used in order to create a LOOP. The image talks about itself, the image constructs itself. In Johan’s words, “As an ‘intervened object’, these actions are traces by the sistematic manner of its grey atmospheres, mysterious and monochrome, that bring forward the importance of the drawing in the construction of the project”.