Judith Barry, Artist
Imagination, dead imagine
Imagination, dead imagine's construction as a cube is a reference to one of minimalism's most recognizable forms. In place of minimalism's ostensibly cerebral tidiness, however, Barry foregrounds the pointedly abject: several times throughout the video, viscous materials—reminiscent of blood, urine, and other bodily fluids—are poured from above onto a series of human heads, drenching and coating them. Borrowing its title from a story by Samuel Beckett about a couple trapped together in a room, Barry's work evokes a similar suffocation.