Sunday, December 16, 2007

Jeff Bark

Jeff Bark's dark, moody, moonlit scenes are carefully constructed pictorial allegories in the old-school tradition. Not a single aspect of his 'outdoor' tableaux occurs naturally or by chance - the night-time setting is achieved by lighting and the set has been built in a Brooklyn warehouse, dressed with artfully-placed props and peopled with models. Bark likes to give every detail a meaning, and judging by the decaying landscape, urban debris and suggestions of sex, drugs and violence that surround these languishing, modern-day wood nymphs, it's the clandestine and corrupt behaviour of youth - his own included - that he seems to be getting at.
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