barry johnson celebrates growing up ‘80s and color in a solo show at the 950 Gallery
November 8 – December 20, 2018
November 15, 5 – 9PM
Soul music, games, performances, food
Spaceworks Tacoma announces “I’m F.I.N.E.” a solo exhibition at 950 Gallery by interdisciplinary artist barry johnson that explores life growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s and the party lifestyle that accompanied it. This show displayed work in 2D, 3D, mixed-media, film, performance and installations exploring color, music and love.
barry converted the gallery into a series of memory banks from events in his past. This show was built atop of the backbone of soul music from the past thirty-years. barry tapped his father to curate a playlist of all the songs that he played in his youth and what barry grew up to.
The work in the show was mostly large scale, consisting of human figures cast in lush colors. There were sculptures, installations and performances from Seattle dancers Markeith Wiley and Noelle price. barry also paint directly on the gallery walls to create temporary murals through the space.
“Growing up, there was rarely ever a moment whenever music wasn’t playing in my household. It played at all hours of the day and night and rarely played the same song. I heard and memorized Sade’s music long before I even knew what she looked like and my dad was the first person that turned me onto Tupac’s music and influence” says johnson.
I’m F.I.N.E. by barry johnson at 950 Gallery by Alec Clayton
950 Gallery shows work of artist on the brink of the big time by Dave Davison
FREE & OPEN TO PUBLIC
Every Thursday 1-5PM
Third Thursday 1-9PM
Or By Appointment
950 Pacific Ave. Suite 205
Tacoma, WA (entrance on 11th)