claire barclay at whitechapel gallery

26 May 2010
The Bloomberg Commission: Claire Barclay: Shadow Spans
26 May 2010 - 2 May 2011

The Whitechapel Gallery presents a new site-specific artwork by leading artist Claire Barclay.

Claire Barclay is a leading figure in a generation of young sculptors that have defined a re-engagement with materials and the process of making artwork. For her new installation, Shadow Spans, Barclay will create a large-scale installation in direct response to The Commission Gallery.

With its bare brick walls and concrete floor, Barclay has imagined the space turned outside in. The proximity to exterior spaces and the street is explored formally through the use of door and window like forms and a graphic interpretation of the brickwork that is repeated on fabric.

From the beginning of July Shadow Spans will be animated throughout the year by a series of dance performances devised by leading choreographers in response to
her work.

Claire Barclay is a Glasgow-based artist well known for her large-scale sculptural installations that combine highly formalised elements with a scatter aesthetic,
using platforms, screens and other structures around which crafted objects lie in carefully gathered constellations. She draws from both craft and industrial
processes, often combining metal forms with intricately woven corn dollies or delicately printed fabric. The artist also refers to the legacy of surrealism: in her
combination of forms and materials, and through the use of language in the titling. These suggest a series of dualities at the heart of her work including function and dysfunction, sense and nonsense, attraction and repulsion.

The Bloomberg Commission invites an international artist to create a year-long site-specific artwork inspired by the rich history of The Commission Gallery: Gallery 2, the former Reading Room of the Whitechapel Library, which is now part of the expanded Whitechapel Gallery. Bloomberg's support reflects its commitment to innovation, and its ongoing efforts to expand access to art, science and the humanities.

For more information, please visit the Whitechapel Gallery website by clicking here