Phyllida Barlow. small worlds

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Phyllida Barlow. small worlds

Zürich

Phyllida Barlow. small worlds
to Fri 14 May 2021
Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Artist: Phyllida Barlow

In accordance with recent government guidance, the gallery is temporarily closed until 28 February. Launching online from 6 February 2021.

For more than fifty years, acclaimed British artist Phyllida Barlow has created sculptures and large-scale installations using a direct and intuitive process of making. Her first solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Zürich, ‘small worlds’, features new sculptures, drawings and wall-works made by the artist during and inspired by the 2020 lockdown in London.

Artworks

untitled: pointerbreasts; 2020 (object for a cabinet drawer) lockdown 13, 2020

Polystyrene, plaster, sand, plywood, PVA
100 x 46 x 59.5 cm / 39 3/8 x 18 1/8 x 23 3/8 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: holebreasts; 2020 lockdown 12, 2020

Polystyrene, plaster, sand, plywood, PVA
97.6 x 44 x 60.7 cm / 38 3/8 x 17 3/8 x 23 7/8 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: badplace; 2020 lockdown 4, 2020

Plywood, wire netting, PV foam, scrim, PVA, plaster cement, paint, steel
172.3 x 82 x 75.5 cm / 67 7/8 x 32 1/4 x 29 3/4 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: redfleshtowers; 2020 lockdown 7, 2020

Plywood, plaster, scrim, paint, PVA, steel
166.1 x 52.1 x 52.1 cm / 65 3/8 x 20 1/2 x 20 1/2 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: pinkholder; 2020 lockdown 15, 2020

Plywood, plaster, PVA, sand, scrim, cement, paint, steel, fabric
173 x 35 x 31 cm / 68 1/8 x 13 3/4 x 12 1/4 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: knuckle; 2020 lockdown 2, 2020

Aluminium armature, plaster, cement, scrim, polystyrene, paint
18 x 17.5 x 15 cm / 7 1/8 x 6 7/8 x 5 7/8 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: foldedpointer; 2020 lockdown 10, 2020

Plywood, plaster, scrim, paint, PVA, steel
168 x 55 x 45 cm / 66 1/8 x 21 5/8 x 17 3/4 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: yellowsign; 2020 lockdown 16, 2020

Plywood, plaster, scrim, fabric, paint, PVA, steel
185 x 50 x 40 cm / 72 7/8 x 19 5/8 x 15 3/4 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: brink; 2020, 2020

Canvas, cement, bonding plaster, PVA, paint, plaster, plywood, polystyrene, polyurethane foam, spray paint, steel
198 x 76 x 50 cm / 78 x 29 7/8 x 19 5/8 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: memorialplace; 2020 lockdown 5d, 2020

Plywood, plaster, bonding plaster, cement, steel
156 x 61.5 x 59.5 cm / 61 3/8 x 24 1/4 x 23 3/8 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: smallmodernart, 8; 2020 lockdown 8, 2020

Plywood, adhesive, plaster, paint, PVA, steel
22.5 x 29 x 25 cm / 8 7/8 x 11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: smallmodernart, 9; 2020 lockdown 9, 2020

Plywood, adhesive, plaster, paint, PVA, steel
23.5 x 28 x 22 cm / 9 1/4 x 11 x 8 5/8 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: underpass; 2020, 2020

Acrylic on watercolour paper
31 x 40.8 cm / 12 1/4 x 16 1/8 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: ceremonial monument; 2020, 2020

Acrylic on watercolour paper
31 x 40.9 cm / 12 1/4 x 16 1/8 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: broken holder; 2020, 2020

Acrylic on watercolour paper
31 x 41 cm / 12 1/4 x 16 1/8 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: shadowobject; 2020, 2020

Acrylic on watercolour paper
31 x 41 cm / 12 1/4 x 16 1/8 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: sodiumlit street object; 2020, 8, 2020

Acrylic on watercolour paper
20.7 x 29.7 cm / 8 1/8 x 11 3/4 inches (30.3 x 38.3 x 4.5 cm / 11 7/8 x 15 1/8 x 1 3/4 in framed)
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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untitled: sodiumlit street object; 2020, 5, 2020

Acrylic on watercolour paper
20.8 x 29.7 cm / 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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The exhibition in Zurich coincides with Barlow’s major survey show at Haus der Kunst in Munich, opening on the 5 March 2021.

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. She is known for transforming humble, readily available materials through layering, accumulation, and juxtaposition, often drawing inspiration from her urban surroundings and referencing construction debris, architectural details, signs, and discarded objects. The works on view encourage an intimate encounter between object and viewer, continuing a career-long exploration into the ways in which sculpture can dissolve boundaries between realms of experience.

The artist’s new ‘lockdown’ sculptures in Zurich continue a shift away from the more immersive environments within her practice. Created in her home studio in London, these smaller sculptures, placed on steel plinths or directly onto the wall, invite the viewer to consider the works on an individual and more intimate basis. Working on a smaller scale during this period has also allowed the artist to return to a more direct means of making. As Barlow writes:

‘i wanted simplicity of making:
a minimum of technical problems, speedy solutions, easy to use materials,
not too much thinking, a return to previous works, and memories of previous works, no experimenting, to trust what i know, to forget innovation;’

Varying in size, texture, materials, colour and shape, the lockdown sculptures have been transformed from offcuts of previous works, using their raw materiality and structural elements as a starting point for creation. Some of the works in the exhibition were inspired by the transformed landscape of London during the nationwide lockdown – the streets, the buildings, the city’s lights – others by dreamscapes or previous works. Through the individual positioning of these sculptures, Barlow continues to emphasise the transient, absurd, and often joyous encounter between an object and its surroundings.

The exhibition also presents a suite of new drawings made in 2020. Drawing is an integral part of Barlow’s practice; she draws before, during and after creating sculptures, both as a means of developing a working process and to visualise ideas which are later translated into three dimensions. Drawing provides Barlow with the freedom to improvise and engage directly with materials. The resulting works are fluid and dynamic. She works across media, using pencil, acrylic and watercolour, always with the intense physicality evident in her sculptural work. The drawings in the presentation are reminiscent of stages or cityscapes. Here, the paper becomes a space for adventure as Barlow creates unlikely compositions within her drawings which are freed from the laws of physics.

In addition to Barlow’s survey exhibition at Haus der Kunst in Munich opening on the 4 March 2021, upcoming artist projects include: ‘Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging’ at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, opening on the 22 April. A new publication of her writings will be released by Hauser & Wirth Publishers in autumn 2021. Barlow has also designed the stage for Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’ at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, which will premiere in July 2021.

Installation view, ‘Phyllida Barlow. small worlds’, Hauser & Wirth Zürich, online from 6 February – 14 May 2021 © Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth


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