Barry Anderson, multimedia artist calls the mean streets of Kansas City home now, but according to him the Los Angeles stomping grounds suit him just fine. He’s also part of a local “psycho-pop-noir” band called VUM as well. You could say he’s a man of many diverse talents and tastes.
One can see how Barry and his likes in digital animation and collaboration would make a video for a song called Psychotropic Jukebox. Actually, VUM performed an exclusive after-hours set prior to his opening reception at his newest art exhibit, The Janus Restraint: Shift/Split at the dynamic Walter Maciel Gallery. A mixture of video-based objects, sculptures, animation, sounds and photos.
You cannot help but admire his ambition. His work is experimental and groundbreaking. Think social media and poetry mixed together. One of the rooms had children both at play and study in a video loop that was fascinating to watch, while a colored yarn rat on a pedestal watched onlookers. Surreal? Yes, but never boring and always entertaining, and that’s what true art should be.
Art should always make you think. It should not spell things out for you, and that’s what Anderson has managed to do with his pieces. They take you in, and then invite you to contemplate what they mean, or don’t mean. The art is liken to a blank canvas that the viewer can project on to it what they interpret it to be.
The way art should.