Back in time/next episode (wait in vain)

Barrington, Alvaro
Alvaro Barrington’s varied approach to image-making often employs paint, postcards and textile, and explores how materials themselves can function as visual tools while referencing their personal, political and commercial histories. Back in time/next episode (wait in vain), 2022, continues the artist’s exploration of the relationship between music and painting and employs a method of sampling and mixing. The work was made after a visit to Jamaica, where Barrington was thinking about Bob Marley and the impact of reggae music on global culture. Though he considers himself primarily a painter, the diverse combination of media includes concrete, which is applied to a Hermès blanket and burlap, a fabric used in Caribbean cacao production.
  • Artwork Details: Framed size: 201 x 226 x 8cm
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  • Material description: Acrylic, oil, concrete on Hermes blanket and burlap
  • Credit line: © Alvaro Barrington, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Eva Herzog
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  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC33/2021



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