Barr, who has been brandishing his mark, albeit somewhat unconventionally, on the art world for much of the past two decades, has often accounted for his development and influences in simple terms. But at such close range, the complexities and idiosyncrasies are difficult to reveal. Although many individuals and opportunities have contributed to the mix over the years, Barr like most other post-World War II Americans of his generation amassed life experience through not only television, but film, as well as a plethora of pulp publications, rock and roll, and in his case, the shadow of the Motor City. Channeling the likes of Grayson Hall and Ed “Big Daddy Roth” – to name just a few -, in combination with the de-evolution of Detroit and its ear thrashing music, he found inspirational fodder for his art. Barr assimilates it all synthesizing mass media, subculture, urban blight, and fantasy into the spectacle that comprises his visual art.