Javier Barrios Twilight #2

Dimensions:
130 x 105 cm

Description:
Oil on mylar and cut out. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Twilight #3

Dimensions:
130 x 105 cm

Description:
Oil on mylar and cut out. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Gordo

Dimensions:
70 x 60 cm

Description:
Oil on mylar and cut out. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Twilight is Upon Me

Description:
Installation view. Exhibition at Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Twilight is Upon Me

Description:
Installation view. Exhibition at Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Dark Matter

Dimensions:
135 x 45 x 45 cm

Description:
Oil and varnish on jesmonite mounted on aluminum. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Twilight is Upon Me

Description:
Installation view. Exhibition at Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Twilight is Upon Me

Description:
Installation view. Exhibition at Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Twilight is Upon Me

Description:
Installation view. Exhibition at Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Octahedron

Dimensions:
40 x 60 x 65 cm

Description:
Varnished aluminium. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Twilight is Upon Me

Description:
Installation view. Exhibition at Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Twilight is Upon Me

Description:
Installation view. Exhibition at Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Twilight is Upon Me

Description:
Installation view. Exhibition at Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Javier Barrios Twilight is Upon Me

Description:
Installation view. Exhibition at Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo. Image © Javier Barrios. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

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Javier Barrios
Twilight is Upon Me

The artistic projects of Javier Barrios move in a landscape between utopia and facts, with inspirations drawn from science fiction, visions of the future, technology, architecture, science and space exploration, to mention just a few sources.

The inner core of the project relates to the great philosophical questions surrounding the origin and the evolution of Mankind, and the need to find the balance between fact and fiction in this arena.

“How has Mankind been able to move from picking lice off each other’s backs, to a world where we build spaceships and send them out into the waste and desolate space?”

It is from populist media such as journals, television, the internet, films and books that I harvest inspiration, and it is from a populist point of view that I wish to utilize this material in order to throw light on contemporary tendencies. There is no doubt that we are living through exciting times where the world is experiencing an economic, a climatic and a structural shift of power. While the world’s population is increasing and our natural resources are being depleted, rapid technological progress are laying a new platform for our modern life.

Throughout history, prophetic personalities have forecast “the end of the world” and, as we know, they have all been proved wrong. Such tendencies can in themselves be seen as a reflection of the times we live in, and of the prevalent pessimistic views on the future at this particular time in history. During the last decades such apocalyptic views have come not only from mostly uninformed individuals and sects, but also from people and groups who have a background from research in different areas. Researchers at the NASA don’t talk about if Mankind will conquer the universe, but rather about when it will happen. A new race to conquer the universe is motivated by the wish to serve the common needs of Mankind, rather than the political agenda of a single nation. Private corporations such as Virgin are planning to give (rich) people the chance to be space tourists, reportedly starting in 2013 – a chance to leave the atmosphere of the earth. At the same time the film industry is seeing a new fascination with science fiction films. NASA is planning manned colonies on the moon within 20 years, followed by colonies on Mars. The Mayan calendar ends in December 2012, and many inspired people think that this signals the beginning of the end of the world, while our planet is gradually pulled towards a black hole in the center of the Milky Way.

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Javier Barrios, born in 1979. Lives and works in Oslo.