Phyllida Barlow set
Edinburgh Art Festival Exhibition
27 June – 18 October 2015
A major solo exhibition of work by Phyllida Barlow (born Newcastle upon Tyne, 1944), who is known for monumental sculpture made from simple materials such as plywood, cardboard, fabric, plaster, paint and plastic. Physically impressive and materially insistent, Barlow’s sculptures often seem to paraphrase real objects, particularly those found in the street. They ask questions about our relationship to objects, and about objects’ relationship to us, and seem to slip between different registers of form and meaning as we try to understand them – they often seem like things caught in the process of becoming other things, things we might have seen before or may see in the future. Barlow makes her work in reference to the space in which it will be shown, and this exhibition will include new sculptures made specifically for The Fruitmarket Gallery.
Another Minimalism: Art After California Light and Space
Curated by Melissa Feldman
13 November 2015 – 20 February 2016
A group exhibition bringing together a group of modern and contemporary international artists who build on the phenomenological terrain first explored by California Light and Space artists of the 1970s. Made in California, Light and Space art serves as an early model for some of the most radical and ground-breaking art forms of the last century: dematerialization, relational aesthetics, site-specific installations, and situationist and participatory art. This exhibition is the first to investigate the increasingly apparent influence of this regional subset of minimalism on leading artists of the current generation such as Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson and Spencer Finch and seeks to reorient and refine our understanding of received ideas about minimalism, which have largely been shaped by the hegemony of the New York and European variety. The works in the exhibition, most of which have been produced in the last decade, show their relationship to the more experiential West Coast strain developed by artists such as James Turrell and Larry Bell in their emphasis on the perceptual and psychological aspects of seeing. The use of subtle, stripped down, sometimes immaterial or barely visible and often optical structures and spaces for people to engage with derives from California Light and Space, whose precepts have slipped unannounced into the international artistic lexicon. Their materials and aesthetics reinforce central ideas of temporality, instability and subjectivity that are at the philosophical core of both the featured works and their historical predecessors.
11 March – 30 May 2016
In collaboration with Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
An exhibition of the work of artist Sara Barker (born in Manchester, 1980, lives and works in Glasgow), whose sculptures trace delicate lines in space. Operating on the boundary between sculpture, painting and drawing, they incorporate rods of steel and aluminium, sheets of glass, and painted sections which draw a viewer into Barker’s curiously spatial imagination. Sometimes wall based, sometimes floor based, and sometimes moving from floor to wall and back again, Barker’s works inhabit space and also describe it. She is interested in how space may be imagined – in novels, in memory – and there is a silent eloquence to her work which seems to be related to this. This exhibition, which is presented in collaboration with Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, will include both new and existing work.