Piece description from the artist
I pose a question, to better understand why human beings must suffer to advance. Why is a scream sometimes for happiness or triumph? Why is a scream sometimes for pain and suffering? Do these two emotions have a connection or is this just random. We all come to a time where suffer plays a dramatic part in who we become and which direction we may travel…..
Iaian Barnes, also known as Artist 5, is a transplant from Suffolk, England who now lives in south Florida. His art is a mixture of Urban Street art, abstract, deconstruction, dysfunction, and existentialism, his five points of power so to speak. With most of his art, he likes to incorporate and show the decay of experimental non-conventional materials, such as concrete patch, motor oil, and drywall compound. “I like my work to look as if it were produced at an earlier date, and over time with weather and age, it becomes worn and battered with chipping paint and runny lines”, says 5. He feels art to be universal; from the bleeding of rust into an old abandoned car to the print on a billboard, some are good representations, some are bad but all are art. As well as showing the elements, 5 also incorporates his passion for HIV/AIDS research into his work. "HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence like some cancers and other obscure disease, but it is a social disease, which in some cases can be more detrimental then even the thought of death" says 5.