about barry fry 2019
i’m an abstract artist/photographer and writer [deadhead/h.marcuse] who has worked within the music industry and design, previously running the empty quarter and publishing mfteq.
(music from) the empty quarter existed as a magazine, mail order and label [teq music?] between 1991-1995 in the pre-internet age when information on electronic, industrial, left field, alternative and the gloriously uncategorised had to be thoroughly researched over time. a click of a button announcement would remain out of reach, but the fax machine was king! in its brief half decade the empty quarter touched souls and steered record collections. my own included. many like-minded individuals forged onward and thankfully still do to this day.
having moved to norfolk in 1997 i was inspired by the openness of land and sea surroundings to paint. the structure and tone of this work being inherently influenced by electronica and experimental music. exhibitions followed throughout east anglia between 2002-2007 and work is held in private collections throughout the world.
i have always held the strong belief that contemporary art should be left to total viewer interpretation and after a lull of many years i now continue this path with no set boundaries, painting pure abstracts and using light as source and subject in my photography.
my latest 2019 work often explores imaginary cities, other-worlds and mind’s eye reflected journeys. vivid, fluid marks surfacing within the confines of small-scale 10x10 inch framed canvas. running parallel to these pieces is the surface noise print series; pure abstract images which are details of large 500x650mm works on paper directly influenced by one specific recorded album/compact disc. every title has an A and B print (possibly C, D etc.), with each print is generically presented; signed, mounted with a white core black mount and numbered on the reverse with unique stamp mark. the overall size being 12x12 inches representing a vinyl album. further to this i have begun to repurpose my binary photographic images, incorporating these unique 1/1 prints into bold new painted works.
this site is a space to share new/old writing and visual work. refreshing thoughts and themes to discover new ways of expression. to these ends i return to the faan header which initially was a short-lived cassette label in the mid-eighties… existing as all art should be, for all and none.
the empty quarter was. deadhead was/is.. for all and none is...
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