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Vancouver, Canada
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6 May 05until19 Jun 05

Daniel Barrow

Don’t Let This Happen

B.C. Binning Gallery

An installation image of artworks in a gallery.  Four coloured illustrations are placed on a small shelf attached to a wall. Small red sculptures of animals are placed in front of each illustration.

Daniel Barrow, installation view of Don’t Let This Happen. Photo: SITE Photography

Daniel Barrow is an illustrator and storyteller. Using his signature animation technique in live performances, he animates a narrative sequence of charismatic illustrations. He creates and adapts pictorial narratives into a "manual" form of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings, found images and light. Barrow refers to this practice as "graphic performance, live illustration or manual animation."

For Don't Let This Happen, his first solo exhibition in Vancouver, Barrow harmoniously joins a variety of media, devising a self-sufficient means of animation using an overhead projector, a fan, some water and plastic beads. The installation combines selected illustrations, sculptures and animated videos to create a spatial narrative. As part of his exhibition at the CAG, Barrow will perform The Face of Everything, a story set in Las Vegas and based on the life experiences of Scott Thorson, Liberace's chauffeur, bodyguard and young live-in lover.


Daniel Barrow is a Winnipeg-based artist, working in performance, video and installation. His work has recently been presented in solo exhibitions at Mercer Union, Toronto and Three Walls, Chicago; and he has recently performed at MOCA, Los Angeles; the International Festival of Animated Objects, Calgary; Dazibao, Montreal; and Images Festival, Toronto. He has produced an animated music video for the Hidden Cameras and has performed live with them.