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b. 1968, United Kingdom

Claire Barclay Biography

Claire Barclay was born in 1968 in Paisley, Scotland. She now lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Barclay is one of her generation's foremost sculptors. Emerging from the Scottish art scene in the late nineties, her practice explores formal and conceptual concerns through both large and smaller scale installations. One of the key influences in her working practice, is an ongoing fascination with historical and anthropological artifacts. Barclay is drawn to the more ambiguous objects that spark a curiosity as to their uses and meanings. The objects in her work are unfamiliar yet suggestive of function through their forms and material characteristics, which we interpret in order to imagine how people might interact with them. Turned wood, rawhide, soft leather, machined brass and woven straw are some of the materials that coalesce as the precious and the everyday, the hand-woven and the mechanically produced, and are brought to the fore in Barclays' practice. Each sculpted piece teeters somewhere on the brink between the figurative and the abstract, between the ambiguous and the referential.

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Claire Barclay at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London Ocula Insight Claire Barclay at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Preeminent Scottish artist, Claire Barclay, is one of her generation's foremost sculptors. Her practice explores formal and conceptual concerns through both large and smaller scale installations. One of the key influences in her working practice, is an ongoing fascination with historical and anthropological artefacts, ambiguous objects that...

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Claire Barclay In Related Press

Gwangju Biennale art festival to open next week Related Press Gwangju Biennale art festival to open next week 30 August 2016, The Korea Times

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Gwangju Biennale, Asia's oldest contemporary art biennale, is set to kick off in the southwest city of Gwangju next week, the festival's foundation said Friday. During the ceremony, set to start at the plaza in front of the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Halo at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Park Yang-woo, chief of...

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The 11th Gwangju Biennale: An interview with Maria Lind, artistic director, and Michelle Wong, assistant curator Related Press The 11th Gwangju Biennale: An interview with Maria Lind, artistic director, and Michelle Wong, assistant curator 29 August 2016, My Art Guides

Could you tell us something more about the concept The Eight Climate (What does art do?), this year’s biennial theme? Maria Lind: Imagine that you are walking on a ramp leading from one floor to the next in a big exhibition space. In the corner of your eye you notice something on the long smooth white wall: in one place it looks...

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The intangible art of gimjang Related Press The intangible art of gimjang 29 August 2016, Art Review

About two months ago, T and I went to Southwest London’s K-Town (otherwise known as New Malden, an area that has one of the largest communities of expat Koreans in Europe) in search of pickles. As we were exploring our way through plates of assorted preserved vegetables, with staff and fellow diners eyeing our particular menu choices, one...

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Glasgow International festival tackles demise of UK's once-great, heavy industries Related Press Glasgow International festival tackles demise of UK's once-great, heavy industries 12 April 2016, The Art Newspaper

Glasgow International, the biennial contemporary art festival which opens its seventh edition today (until 25 April), focuses on a particularly potent theme in today’s economic climate: the demise of heavy industry, and how cultural spaces have sprung up in spaces in the Scottish city once occupied by major shipbuilding, textiles and...

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