Category: Phyllida Barlow

Phyllida Barlow | Mindlessly Spontaneous Exquisite Artworks´╗┐

While one might easily dismiss Phyllida Barlow’s sculptures as a big pile of rubbish, that would be missing the point, grossly undermining the meaning behind it. But it is also not too far off the point, for these are a big pile of rubbish, scrap material left over from another concern, but have been carefully arranged in such a way to convey a feeling about an underlying issue.

Dock (2014)
Dock (2014)
Dock (2014) Detail
Dock (2014) Detail
But, though they maybe carefully arranged, they are not predetermined, precisely laid out to a pre-produced blueprint, as it would be almost impossible to make a blueprint and reproduce these works, and they have a mindlessness, a nonsensical spontaneity to them. But herein lies the problem; how can something be a carefully arranged pile of rubbish and also be mindlessly produced exquisite work of art at the same time?

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