Catching dreams and disease driven scenes
George Barnes, aka creative genius Dreamcatcher, is returning to his hometown, Sydney this July to partake in an exhibition with other talented locals focusing on nothing but scientific imagery. In the CO-LAB exhibition, Dreamcatcher will be exhibiting his psychedelic disease-inspired work to raise awareness and funds for the Young Centenary Foundation. Putting blood clots into wearable art is certainly a lucid way to draw attention to a good cause...
So you’re coming home to Sydney next month to exhibit in the CO-LAB show. Can you explain the concept behind the show?
CO-LAB is a group show produced by the Young Centenary Foundation in which the curators asked a group of artists to respond to microscopic images made at Centenary Institute – a medical research facility that works with cancer, cardiovascular and infectious diseases. We could respond to or reinterpret the images in any medium. The proceeds from the sale of the works in the show will be split 50/50 between the artists and the Young Centenary Foundation to fund grants for research at the Institute.
Why scientific imaging specifically?
The microscopic images are very striking and the YCF wanted to curate a fundraiser with thematic ties to the thing that they are raising money for.
What can you tell us about the work that you are making for the show?
My art work is a reference to pop and psychedelic art. Its a self-portrait combined with the texture of microscopic blood clots. It’s a reference to a personal experience and a creative interpretation of the amazing images from the Institute. It was just going to be a loud, funny picture but, it’s become slightly more meaningful. I’m also a textile designer, so I made the image into a large scarf that can be worn or hung on the wall.
Will this be your first time exhibiting in a gallery show?
It’ll be my first real one. The last one I was in was a piss-take (… I think …) and I gave the artwork away for free.
You’re a man of many creative talents. What was your introduction to creating like? Art, fashion, music, whatever came first.
I guess my parents had a lot to do with it. They introduced me to amazing music and got me painting at an early age. That set the tone and it all flowed on from there.
You have your own brand, Dreamcatcher. Where does the name come from?
It all started as a joke really. When my friend Pari and I started the Slowblow party, I was joking around one day and said we should do a folk disco party, we would get people to cover disco songs on acoustic guitars and we would be called Dj Dreamcatcher and DJ Jungle Snake. The names stuck and I thought Dreamcatcher personified what I do across all spectrums fairly well.
What can you tell us about your new collection Nice Folds about to hit your online store?
The Nice Folds collection is all based on origami and origami paper. Over the years I have been given some sweet paper. I dug it out one day and thought it would a good thing to base the art off.
You’re also one half of DJ duo Slow Blow. How do you think your different creative talents complement one another?
People like to look and feel good when they party :) How you dress and what music you listen to or party to is all based on your mood.
Check Dreamcatcher out here http://george-barnes.com/Dreamcatcher
The CO-LAB exhibition is on from 6pm Thursday July 3 @ L3 Central, Level 3, Central, 28 Broadway, Chippendale.
By Vicki Fletcher @VickiFletcher88