Johan Barrios is interested in the intersection of time and place using the human form as a marker, engaging a tension between the body as subject and the body as an object. Barrios takes up the phenomenon of suspended time with a warmth that references tintype photographs where the emulsion has been brushed onto glass plates by hand. Further pushing visual boundaries, Barrios will often obscure the face by adding graphic elements to his meticulously rendered figures, resulting in a dark and fearless whimsy. These choices force the viewer to engage, crossing the canvas, again and again, to take in every detail.
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