A solo show of works by UAB Assistant Professor Doug Barrett, M.F.A., will be exhibited June 25-July 27, 2012, in the Samford University Gallery.
The show, “Tireless Shifter: Imagery from the Commuter Space,” is about the practice of commuting, the allure of the roadside and local visual culture, Barrett says.
“I am interested in exploring and representing found text and imagery in a way that talks about the constructed place. This work is about mapping, infrastructures and visual culture as seen from the roadside.”
A free closing reception for the show is planned 5-7 p.m. July 26 in the gallery within the Samford University Art Department, 800 Lakeshore Parkway.
Barrett teaches graphic design in the UAB Department of Art and Art History. His research interests include commuting, space and place and typography. Fascinated with the practice of commuting, the allure of the roadside and local visual culture, he is interested in exploring and representing found text and imagery in a way that talks about the constructed place. Signage, billboards, graffiti and ephemera point to the visual culture embedded in our surroundings. By examining the details of roadside culture he explores how meaning is constructed and conveyed through visual and cultural relationships.
The Samford Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. It is closed holidays. Call 205- 726-2840.