The Janus Restraint:The Ascension by Barry Anderson

Barry Anderson, Bifröst, animation still, 2013Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present The Janus Restraint: The Ascension, an exhibition featuring resident artist Barry Anderson, on view from 5.10.13 to 6.21.13 with an opening reception Friday, 5.10.13 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The opening night of the exhibition will feature a special live performance by Kansas City-based electronic artists Gemini Revolution.The Janus Restraint: The Ascension is the first entry in an ambitious new multi-faceted work Barry will be pursuing over the coming year. Using Janus, the Roman deity of crossroads and passageways, as a reference point, the artworks incorporate video, sound, social media, performance, photography, and sculpture to focus on themes of identity, adolescence, storytelling, ritual, and cosmology.Barry works in video art, and his creations have recently been featured in Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City as well as internationally in England, Finland, Dubai, Thailand, Canada, and Cuba. His last solo exhibition at Studios Inc was in March 2010. In 2009, his animations, along with monograph of the animations, were featured in a large-scale city-wide project for Light Work in Syracuse, NY. His videos can be found in the permanent collections of the Everson Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.Barry grew up in a small town in Texas. In 1991, he earned a BFA in photography from the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2002, he earned a MFA in photography and digital media from Indiana University Bloomington.  During the time between degrees, he worked as an editorial photographer and graphic designer in Austin, TX. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he teaches courses in motion design, video art, portfolio development, and professional practices.Barry Anderson is a resident artist at Studios Inc. Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists in Greater Kansas City. The 2013 – 2014 Exhibition Series has been made possible through the generous financial support of Jane Hunt-Meade and Benjamin Meade.  Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency