Poster designed by Linton Murphy
by Adam Hendrik
Photographs by Jadynn Wolff
Address Graffiti - Buff the Issue with rolled on paint, haggard geometric shape covert by quantity. The Buff, the blotch on the wall that business owners are forced to paint to get around the high cost of removing graffiti, which is mandatory in Vancouver according to Bylaw 7343 (which also happens to be the title of Brett Barmby’s new solo exhibition that opened last month at Avenue Gallery). The ugly shapes stack, as street art is covered with a clean backdrop, which encourages artists to paint over the Buffs with new graffiti, which is again covered with mismatched paint; layers, unintentional shapes form, they are modular and evolve as the old is rolled over and the cycle continues. This disaster is Vancouver’s idea of a solution.
The many of layers of paint that form behind the Buff extends into Barmby’s camera where he crops the image, includes a window or door frame - perspective allows him to use the geometry of buildings together with the abstract mess to create a type of collage which will be painted with oil color onto recycled canvas found in the alleys and garbage bins of Vancouver; the texture and stories of the old paintings push through the new paint with lumps and bumps - the artists covered before him. They all have their part in this orchestration, but it took Brett’s eye to find it.
More of Brett Barmby’s practice can be found at: