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Claire Barclay at the Fruitmarket Gallery

7 Feb -12 Apr 09

The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh is one of the Scottish Arts Council's Foundation Funded organisations and is showing a major solo exhibition by the Glasgow-based artist Claire Barclay.

Introduction

The Fruitmarket Gallery’s Spring exhibition is a major solo exhibition of work by Claire Barclay, a Scottish artist known for highly crafted sculptural objects brought together into precisely plotted relationships.

Shifting Ground, Claire Barclay 2008. Image courtesy of doggerfisher and Stephen Friedman

After the Field, Claire Barclay 2008. Image courtesy of doggerfisher and Stephen Friedman

The exhibition traces the development of the artist’s singular sculptural language, featuring newly commissioned work shown in the context of objects made over the course of her career.

Barclay’s work typically takes the form of a built structure, on and around which she hangs, props, balances and suspends diverse forms made in turned wood, tooled metal, cut and stitched leather and printed textiles.

While not exactly site-specific, the work nevertheless responds to the space in which it is shown, and Barclay’s primary mode of working is to finish each piece in situ, treating the Gallery as a studio in which to complete the final form of her sculptures.

detail - Silver Guilt, Claire Barclay 2005. Image courtesy of doggerfisher and Stephen Friedman

She has described making exhibitions as a ‘pause in an ongoing process’, as each work develops a growing vocabulary of forms, some of which repeat from one sculpture to another, connecting work made in separate places.

While not exactly site-specific, the work nevertheless responds to the space in which it is shown, and Barclay’s primary mode of working is to finish each piece in situ, treating the Gallery as a studio in which to complete the final form of her sculptures.

Silver Guilt, Claire Barclay 2005. Image courtesy of doggerfisher and Stephen Friedman

She has described making exhibitions as a ‘pause in an ongoing process’, as each work develops a growing vocabulary of forms, some of which repeat from one sculpture to another, connecting work made in separate places.

The Fruitmarket Gallery’s exhibition of Claire Barclay’s work aims to present the range of her practice, balancing work made, as is her prevailing method, specially for the Gallery, with a selection of objects made throughout her career and recognisable from previous showings. This distinguishes the exhibition from all previous showings of Barclay’s work.

Shifting Ground, Claire Barclay 2008. Image courtesy of doggerfisher and Stephen Friedman

The exhibition will be accompanied by a substantial publication which will extend the range of the work in the Gallery, discussing and documenting all of Claire Barclay’s major installations.

Fiona Bradley

"We are delighted to be showing Claire Barclay, whose work has gone from strength to strength since representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2003. We are especially pleased that Claire responded positively to our invitation to show a range of existing work as well as making a major new installation – we are all excited by the prospect of being able to trace the development of her families of forms from one work to another"
Fiona Bradley
Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery:

Drop Gag, Venice Biennale, Claire Barclay 2003. Image courtesy of doggerfisher and Stephen Friedman

Claire Barclay was born in 1968 in Paisley, Scotland and currently lives and works in Glasgow.
Barclay graduated from the Environmental Art and Sculpture Course at Glasgow School of Art in 1990 and completed an MFA also in Glasgow in 1993.
Barclay represented Scotland at the 2003 Venice Biennale, alongside Simon Starling and Jim Lambie.

For infomation on exhibition opening hours and accompanying events, please visit the Fruitmarket Gallery website.

Related Links
* Fruitmarket Gallery
* doggerfisher, Edinburgh
* Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
* Glasgow School of Art
* Scottish Arts Council Foundation Organisations
 
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