Claire Barclay presents ‘Bright Bodies' as part of Glasgow International 2016. Taking place in Kelvin Hall, Barclay's work draws upon aspects of the building's past to create a large-scale installation within one of the near-derelict spaces before it is once again transformed as part of a major refurbishment. By responding to archival material relating to the 1951 Exhibition of Industrial Power, Barclay explores past and present attitudes to our industrial heritage and its influence on culture. The work suggests a disconnect between the glorification of industrial achievements and the raw, brutal nature of production. The sculptural forms reflect the artist's ongoing interest in exploring how meanings are encapsulated within materials, in this case coal and steel that were given prominent status in the 1951 exhibition.
Commissioned by Glasgow International. Supported by Outset Scotland.
The exhibition runs from 8 - 25 April 2016.
Claire Barclay at Glasgow International 2016.