During a three-month residency at stage候台BACK Gallery (Shanghai | CHN) in 2010 Barbara Anna Husar painted a series of large hybrids merging local buildings with primordial animals. Mystical, archaic, and yet bright and cheerfully coloured, her living fossils are powerful ambassadors between times past and the present. For her larger-than-life acrylic paintings she employs seed and rice sacks as her canvas – a metaphor for the growth, evolution, and transformation of cultures.
I took some things with me that are linking to my previous work and support the path for my work in Shanghai: a gold plated UMBILICAL CORD and BRUSH, the 3 GRACES, and a bottle of UMBILICAL PILLS.
Cross cord tai chi
330 × 460 cm
Dragondrive above Nanpu Bridge
Shangosaurus of art
420 × 360 cm
Shanghai Art Museum on Rexas Legs
310 × 410 cm
Skyline of Pudong on Stegosaurus
110 × 70 cm
Skyline of Pudong on Tyrannosaurus Rexa
Video: Yuwe, stage候台BACK, 2010
Shanghai is a spoiled town with anything and everything under the sun, towered over by its gigantic monumental skyscrapers kissing almost the fire ball. In 2010 and ongoing, the biggest, fastest, tallest, most, best, better... are familiar words that lurked behind all street corners in the city. Husar's interpretation to this certain madness became a perfect marriage of the prehistoric and futuristic, animal life and human built. Gigantic canvases as rice bag tents serve as a barn for the new herd of Shanghai dinosaurs and EXPO FLOCKS. Shanghai's “better city, better life” is an animal farm with fluorescent colors and sarcastic pop art dinosaurs titled PUDONGO SAURUS. Susanne Junker