Untitled, 2020: Three Perspectives on the art of the present

Barker, Garry (2020) Untitled, 2020: Three Perspectives on the art of the present. Pinauit Foundation, Punta della Dogana, Venice.

Abstract

The output was a selection of 12 of Barker’s narrative etchings that were exhibited in an exhibition that was designed to explore various influential strands in relation to international contemporary sculpture. See pages of the catalogue/record of the exhibition. Research process: An allegorical visual narrative had been developed by Barker to communicate the experiences associated with buying a house; an at the time distressing situation, because he was also a life long socialist. The research consisted of the making of a series of imaginative drawings in response to the experience. Once the drawings were completed, 12 were developed as prints, using etching and aquatint processes. Research insights: The exhibition of this work placed Barker’s outcomes in an international context. His long-term involvement with visual narrative and focus on the development of visualising processes that enable everyday situations to be given mythical status, was cited as a reason his work had been selected for this exhibition. An exhibition that also included artists of proven international stature, such as Edward Kienholtz and David Hockney. Dissemination: Barker’s 12 etchings were chosen by the artist and curator Thomas Houseago as being of seminal importance in his own development as an internationally recognised sculptor. The Pinault Foundation produced exhibition brochures in both French and English and a multilingual 224 page catalogue was produced to showcase and contextualise the work that had been selected.

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