787 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Left: window view, above: detail, photos: John Howarth

Barr Gilmore
Colour Barr

31.07.09 – 09.09.09

Colour Barr consists of fourteen standard T8 fluorescent fixtures, ballasts and casings with an assortment of Rosco chroma sleeves representing the colours of TV test pattern arranged in such a way that the light fills the *QueenSpecific space and emanates out into the street

From 2000 to 2005, Toronto-based artist and designer Barr Gilmore lived above Dufflet’s and curated the window-space below under the name Solo Exhibition - its motto: “One window. One artist. One artwork. Every full moon 'til the next one. Always open”. In 1995, he nicknamed himself “Colour Barr” after a 5-year run as the Studio Assistant to the artist group General Idea, in homage to their famous TV Test Pattern series and the mythical Color Bar Lounge from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavilion. In their work, General Idea often made reference to other artist's work by mimicking their process but adding a twist to take it out of its original context -think Robert Indiana's 'LOVE' from the 60s turned into 'AIDS' in the 80s. This light installation can be seen as a self-portrait of the artist as a cross between a Dan Flavin and General Idea sculpture.

Email barrgilmore@rogers.com.

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