Phyllida Barlow: GIG

Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

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Tuesday 15 July 2014 – Sunday 02 November 2014

Hauser & Wirth is proud to present Phyllida Barlow’s ‘GIG’, the inaugural exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Following Barlow’s critically acclaimed Duveen Galleries Commission ‘dock’ at Tate Britain, ‘GIG’ comprises an entirely new body of work created in response to the architecture and surrounding landscape of Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Occupying the 18th-century Threshing Barn, adjoining farm buildings, outdoor spaces and one of the new galleries, Barlow’s dense and exuberant sequence of installations celebrates the rejuvenation of Durslade Farm that lay derelict and unoccupied prior to its recent conversion into an arts centre.

Since the late 1960s, British artist Phyllida Barlow has focused on the physical experience of handling materials, which she transforms through layering, accumulation and juxtaposition. Barlow’s direct and practical processes of making utilise readily available materials such as cardboard, cement and plaster, polystyrene, timber and paint. Barlow’s sculptural practice is grounded in an anti-monumental tradition and is concerned with the relationship between objects and the space that surrounds them.

About the Artist
Phyllida Barlow was born in 1944 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. She lives and works in London. In the late 1960s, Barlow began teaching at the Slade School of Fine Art as Professor of Fine Art. In 2009, she retired from teaching in order to focus on her own work. In 2011 Barlow was elected a Royal Academician.

‘Phyllida Barlow: Fifty Years of Drawings’ remains on display at Hauser & Wirth London until 26 July 2014. The Duveen Galleries commission ‘dock’ remains on display at Tate Britain, London, England until 19 October 2014. In 2015, Barlow will present solo exhibitions at Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas TX and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Image: Phyllida Barlow, untitled: GIG (detail), 2014

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