At First I Thought It Was A Mannequin – Daniel Barrow


Adopting the shape of drawn, sculpted and animated sketches, the works composing the exhibition At First I Thought It Was A Mannequin highlight Daniel Barrow’s exceptional storytelling qualities. His intimists tales feature characters as strange as they are fascinating set in complex and anxious universes where poetry, the grotesque and the pathos intertwine. With all the sensitivity and virtuosity he possesses, the artist deals subversively with the dualities inherent to the human being. He brings them to light without censorship or taboos.

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Barrow works in projection performance, installation, video, sculpture, printmaking and drawing to present cinematic narratives. Since 1993, he has adapted comic book narratives to “manual” forms of animation by projecting and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors. Barrow’s performances and installations aim to collide imagery from the cultural and digital past with emotional, usually melancholic, content to create personal fairy tale. All of his work expands upon dualistic themes such as immaculate/defiled, beauty/ugliness, pride/shame, visible/invisible and the various depictions of feminine and masculine sexualities intersecting with expressions of dominant power.


Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. He has performed at The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), The International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA festival, and the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival. Barrow is the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award and the 2013 Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence Prize. His work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec as well as private collections.

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In the media:
Le Soleil : Josianne Desloges – Laurent Craste, le bourreau des potiches + Les mystères domestiques de Daniel Barrow
L’Aérospatial – CKRL 89,1 : Myriam Le Lan – Entrevue Laurent Craste – Châtiment à la Galerie 3
À l’est de vos empires – CHYZ 94,3 :  Florence Gariépy – Daniel Barrow et Laurent Craste à la Galerie 3