Hugo Barros’ inventive and playful collages are a quirky, enjoyable and charming hit.
Hugo Barros’ work is a progression of fantastic and playful collages. Hand-cut and pasted rather than using digital manipulation, his artworks have a real charm and consideration about them. You get a real sense of the artist skilfully working around the restrictions of being unable to resize and colour his materials. Elements of his images are often grouped together because of their scale or the lighting suiting each other, rather than subject matter. Despite this, some of his works are fantastic – one particular scene of an open-air concert audience sat amongst mountaintops, beneath a blurry, out of focus, starry sky is a real gem.
By Joe Meldrum
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Hugo Barros’ collages are old fashioned cut and paste pictures that draw their inspiration from film, music, psychedelia and surrealism, his compositions leaving us wondering whether we’re inside or out, trapped within or free without.
While the subject varies the elements on which Barros builds his foundation is constant. Architecture and our relationship to the world around us is constantly being challenged through the clever juxtaposition of structure and space, colour and light, organic forms and geometric shapes all commingled in a surreal world that lives in a space between our subterranean fears of the unknown and the possibility that exists within our dreams.
Barros is a surrealist who uses dreamscapes to explore our relationships to the physical world, his love of the form and its laborious technique evident in his collages, his humour and twisted absurdist logic imbued in every picture. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
I believe people can easily create new things. It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with art. What I do is not necessarily an artistic endeavor. Our everyday lives have a surreal nature. Levels of reality overlap constantly. Situations can appear calm and orderly, but behind them, there’s a surreal explosion of color that we often don’t want to see.
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