Alvaro Barrington presents a new body of work for his first solo exhibition in a UK institution.
The bespoke installation responds to the architecture of the gallery's main exhibition space. The central concept of the show is that of a relatively near future in which augmented and virtual reality have evolved to the point that people routinely choose which identity or character to adopt in different situations, with digital and real life becoming completely intertwined.
Paintings integrating printed and digitally rendered elements merge Peppa Pig, from the children’s cartoon of the same name, with Napoleon and other pigs from Orwell’s Animal Farm, Anansi the Spider from the African folktale and Louise Bourgeois’s bronze spider sculptures. Another series of works made from concrete smeared on dyed Hermès blankets is hung high up on the walls in reference to cloud paintings, continuing Barrington’s relentless play on connections between diverse historic and contemporary cultural references.