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Jared Bark

Idea Warehouse

In five evenings at the Idea Warehouse, Jared Bark alternated a performance piece from last year, Lights: On/Off, with a new piece titled The Neutron Readings. This was appropriate, since the two are closely related and the first provides a gauge to the growth, the improvement and the problems of the second. All of Bark’s work, including his photo-booth pieces and his paintings made by firing a BB gun at sheets of glass, involve a number of similar elements: performance, often humorous, if not downright vaudevillian; the misuse of a technique and consequently an amateurish or crude kind of illustration (a gun to make paintings, a photo-booth to make art); an appreciation of scientific knowledge (the gunshots attempted to illustrate specific constellations of the stars). The aspects of science that interest Bark most consistently are forms of light and energy, and in his performances he

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