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Save The Bees

Regularly used pesticides are probably the main reason why there are a lot of crazy desperate bees around these days. Honey thefts are up by 400%. Stingings and swarmings in the branches of supermarkets etc. Buy this unique painting at auction to help them and their families chill out.

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Do Broken Windows Create Economic Activity?

I’m working on a series of images at the moment exploring the visual metaphor of the broken window. In 1850 the French economist Frédéric Bastiat examined the metaphor of the broken window in an economic context in the ‘glazier’s fallacy’ section of his famous essay That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Unseen. In 1982 in an article by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling the broken window was seen as being symbol of the beginnings of decline in urban environments. It is interesting how the broken window as a symbol went from being part of an economic theory to being part of a sociological one. How it went from being a symbol within a theoretical treatise to being given a symbolic power in the real world.

The project has two layers. The first is the establishment of a formularised aesthetic for the depiction of a broken window as an image, with its associated backstory of being influenced by the political theories mentioned above. The second is the creation of altered photos of art galleries with what appears to be my broken windows paintings on display within it. I want to create the initial impression that the paintings are really viewable in these spaces. If they were really on show then it would suggest that the paintings were legitimate and had been accepted as ‘real art’ and having probably some commercial value where as, at least in a pre-digital sense, they do not exist at all. The broken window could suggest a forced entry into that space – just as I have undermined an art gallery’s ability to control what paintings are seen to be shown in its legitimising interior. Just as Bastiat questioned in his essay, does a broken window create true economic activity?

In the last image shown here I have inserted one of my paintings into a still from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’ with the intention of illustrating the following fake narrative:

“…I thought my broken windows paintings were new and original in their motif and expression, but as it turns out there is a near identical picture featured in one of the sets in Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’…”

The reason for doing this is to play with one of the central anxieties of the modern artist: originality. Almost the only requirement for the modern artist is to create a truly novel expression. It matters much less if that expression is interesting or aesthetic in formal terms – this is the conceit of the relationship between modernism and the cult of the individual in the history of post-decorative art. Of course as an artist wishing to conform to this definition of a valuable creative act, one is always ‘on the lookout’ for the hidden confirmation that one’s supposedly unique acts are simply a regurgitation of someone else’s. There is no more depressing reflection from a critic than : “This reminds me greatly of ****** *******’s work”.

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I’m Not A JPEG – Patch

Find out where to get one…

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Rizlas? – Fork-Out Tightwad!

You can buy this hat while you are at it – pennypinch! A collabo’ with my Mother Eleganza.

www.mothereleganza.com

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Triathlon Madness



You can take on too much at the feed station.



water… water… water… water… COLA!!!!!!!!!!!

Cola-Madness

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Malcolm Mclaren

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Peyote!

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Ocular Ketamine

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Scrutinised

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Home Office – Backing Up Britain!

In the British Government’s Home Office, the home Secretary, a person called Teresa May, has a plan to keep a copy of all the emails in Britain. She’s a brave lady – I already filled up two hard drives in my own Home Office – she’s going to need to order a whole heap of those cheap 1TB hard-drives. Also, if you are keeping all the emails in Britain on a hard-drive (or maybe two or three as they build up) then be sure to put a bit of tape over the power socket to make sure the cleaner doesn’t unplug everything when they do the hoovering.

Read about the plan to keep a back-up of everything here

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My Collaboration With Jean-Paul Sartre

Last Christmas, in 2011, I was contacted by dead French Existential philosopher Jean Paul Sartre. I was a little surprised. He was dead. But despite this he was keen to work. I suggested marrying his ability as a writer with my illustration skills and try to sell the designs to Hallmark or Clintons or something. He was pretty desperate for cash (his descendants had inherited everything he had), so he said yes. It didn’t go that well. I’m a pretty happy-go-lucky sort of fellow; always chipper, but Jean-Paul was a bit of a gloom merchant if I’m honest. I don’t think he’s really a Christmas person. Anyway, we’ve had a bit of a falling out now, so we won’t be continuing with the project. I thought I would show the cards we made here anyway – just in case you, or any of your family members works in the senior management of a greetings card firm.

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Cafe Posters Posters Show – Update 11

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Cafe Posters Posters Show

I would like to make a formal announcement of an exhibition.

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I have a show booked. It’s going to be amazing. More details forthcoming but it’s in CPH and will start around Saturday 18th August at ‘Din Nye Ven’ (which means Your New Friend) cafe bar.

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Delete Your Cookies

And now advertising? You sell-out Embryo Boy! I’m disgusted…

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Summer House Drawings







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Bad Girlfriend – New Book

Ha ha ha ha, that’s just like my girlfriend. Only it isn’t because your sweet lovely girlfriend has never been this bad. This one makes yours look like an actual angel on earth, a heavenly visitation.

A new book, that you can buy right now, from my webshop:

http://www.shop.jodybarton.co.uk/

£8.50







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Black Masters – published by Nieves

168 pages
17cm x 26cm
£17
Published by Nieves
buy from Jody Barton online store
buy from Nieves Books

in stock at Colette Paris, Spoonbill & Sugartown Brooklyn, Concrete Hermit London, Analogue Books Edinburgh, Domy Books Austin Texas, Galerie Yvon Lambert Paris, Printed Matter New York, Pro QM Berlin, Cafe Royal Books Southport UK, Motto Berlin, MZN Leipzig Germany, Malmo Konsthall Sweden, The Lazy Dog Paris, It’s Nice That London, TeeLuxe Australia, This Issue CPH Denmark, Post Poetics Seoul S. Korea









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Medieval Airlines

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Ha Ha COMIC Book

16 pages of side-aching hilarity or sanity shattering hysteria. In book form. With three characters just laughing. It’s positively Beckettian in it’s emptiness. For just €9 EUROS.

Delivered worldwide in an envelope from my incredible online store…

http://www.jodybarton.bigcartel.com/



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I Hate Dolphins – Luxury Edition

Awful creatures.

€9 Euros – a small sum. And it may save your life. This book – I Hate Dolphins, is a mine of information about how to eradicate the bleating blue beast from our oceans and waterways. 40 pages of intricate illustration educate you and your vulnerable family. Don’t live without it – or you may not live long at all. The dolphin is on the rise, taking our jobs and our homes. Our children may be next. Or the elderly.

Buy it now before they ban paper. 40 black and white pages, full colour gloss cover. 17cm x 26cm.

http://www.jodybarton.bigcartel.com/