Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Vernon Street 13 October - 11 November
In the shadow of the Hand - narrative drawings
“In some ways, Barker’s drawings are simply documentary. In Neither a burrower
or a lender be, we see a circle of dancers outside a Ukranian club (‘Dancing is
important, it seems to me,’ says the artist). There is also group of people marching
(there are frequent marches in Chapeltown, both political and religious). But more than ust recording the times, Barker mentally replays, pen-to-paper, the multifarious things he sees people doing: the stories of the place. He re-enacts and enlivens in much the way that children do when they draw”.