The Good, The Bad, The Belle by Barnaby Barford 04.03.09

 

words Anna Bates

Barnaby Barford has developed a short film, portraying a love story between an upmarket porcelain figurine, and a cheap ornament of a boy that ends the worst way it can for a piece of china. It is the latest venture of the London based artist, known for reconfiguring ornaments from flea markets and charity shops to create hybrid forms, that act as a vehicle for his dark, humourous storytelling.

Called Damaged Goods, Barford's stop-frame and 2D animated film is set in a bric-a-brac shop, and shows the love-struck chap's attempt to rescue the tearful young lady from her shelf among the crystal and silver. The story comments on snobbishness within the consumer world, but also on a wider, social level. "It's about the tragedy that inevitably occurs when high culture falls for low," explains the artist.

Here's a clip from the film, and the link to the full version (watch and weep). It was commissioned by Channel 4 sponsored Animate Projects, in association with Arts Council England and was first shown on the channel last year. The film also forms part of Barford's new collection of work The Good, The Bad, The Belle, which is currently on show at Spring Projects gallery in London, alongside the work of photographer Alice Hawkins. The pieces from The Good, The Bad, The Belle are sold through David Gill Galleries.

www.animateprojects.org
www.springprojects.co.uk
www.davidgillgalleries.com
www.barnabybarford.co.uk

 

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