There is nothing like a shave to make a pig feel like a man again

Barker, Garry ORCID logoORCID: (2013) There is nothing like a shave to make a pig feel like a man again. [Show/Exhibition]


This solo exhibition concentrated on three large drawings that were designed to be read as part of a series, all of which were created as allegorical reflections on contemporary society. The drawings were the result of several years of walking and drawing and talking with people that live in the Chapeltown area of Leeds. By hanging three large narrative drawings in close proximity, Barker was able to assess the audience reaction to a narrative that flowed between drawings. The effect was similar to that of a series of comic book frames, people reading the drawings from left to right and the ‘gutter’ between frames acting as a time gap between images, this allowing for narratives to move both forwards and backwards in time between drawings. The associated catalogue kindly produced by the curator, Terry Hammill, gave me an opportunity to add a textual narrative alongside details from the drawings that he had himself selected and photographed. This was an opportunity that opened out a much deeper self-awareness and understanding of the personal histories behind drawings that had been predicated by listening to the stories of other people.

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