Claire Barclay In Conversation with Paul Hobson At Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

20 January 2016
On Wednesday 20 January at 7pm, we will hold an in conversation event at the gallery between Claire Barclay and Paul Hobson, director of Modern Art Oxford, to celebrate Barclay's current exhibition ‘Longing Lasting'. Claire Barclay, born in 1968 in Paisley, Scotland, is a leading figure in a generation of graduates from the Glasgow School of Art in the 1990s: a group of young artists studying in the city who rose to the fore of the contemporary art world. Barclay studied environmental art before refining her unique language engaged in both natural and manmade materials. She has since been the subject of solo presentations at the Venice Biennale, Tate Britain, Whitechapel Art Gallery and Camden Arts Centre.

‘Lasting Longing' is her second solo exhibition at the gallery. Pivoted on themes of continuity, need, and desire, the show combines interventionist sculpture and print works. Barclay's hybrid objects are centred on the physical and the psychological tensions that exist between contrasting elements. They are at once recognisable and foreign and act as a surreal reflection of the world around us. This exhibition is the culmination of a year long exploration into the ideas, materials and methods which formed the basis for her recent museum show ‘Overworkings' at Touchstones Rochdale.

Paul Hobson has been the Director of Modern Art Oxford since September 2013. Paul read History at Oxford University and completed post-graduate studies in aesthetics and contemporary visual theory. Paul has worked for more than twenty years in the art world and prior to his current position had senior roles at the Contemporary Art Society, The Showroom, the Serpentine Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts in London.

The talk will take place at Stephen Friedman Gallery, Gallery Two, 11 Old Burlington Street, W1S 3AQ.