|Publication status||Published - Feb 2009|
Bibliographical noteAuthor's note: This was a solo exhibition of 30 paintings held between February and March 2009 at Francis Kyle Gallery, London. The gallery was founded in 1978 and is located in Mayfair, London and has a circulation list of over 30000. The gallery represents 40 contemporary artists from Britain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United States.
The works in this exhibition dealt with the fragmentary nature of time and memory. Fundamental to this work was the use of found imagery which had been sourced from disparate locations unfamiliar to the artist. This imagery had been thus removed from any of ‘authentic’ memory, fractured and reconfigured through the mechanisms of painting. As such the authenticity and resolution of the mediated image is questioned. This show expanded upon questions which had been raised in previous exhibitions, for example in Rodina (Motherland), an exhibition at Francis Kyle Gallery between April and June 2008 , which included 7 works by Barber. But whereas the works in Rodina questioned a foreign, cultural, collective memory the work in the solo show is more ambiguous in its associations. Relationships can be drawn with the works of Peter Doig but whereas Doig often utilises images from mass culture Barber used personal images from diverse sources which have a sense of ambiguity as to whether they are reflecting upon personal memories or upon larger issues of constructed memory in a more indirect way. The work made for this show formed a fundamental part of Barber’s reflections in the paper Pictorial Slippage.
The paintings themselves exist in a moment of temporal stasis between construction and collapse. Transience and transcendence, private and collective memory, teased into focus through images that seem familiar and yet curiously foreign to us, bring a sense of disquiet but also an intimation of serenity and resolution.
The attached powerpoint of the exhibition contains a number of images of the artists' works. These are only to be used for study and research purposes only and must not be redistributed or adapted or used in any other way without permission of the copyright holder Craig Barber: firstname.lastname@example.org. The images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Rights holder: Craig Barber
Related publications: Jackie Wullschlager, 19.04.2008, Financial Times, p18