The first work in the Artificial by Nature series, this untitled “greenhouse” by Per Barclay takes the shape of a glass and steel house, which at first glance appears to be a greenhouse void of any plants. The house, a symbol of safety to some, presents no way of stepping inside and sits in a wooden tub filled with water. The water cycles through the structure, raining down the glass interior in repetitive contemplation. “The sculpture presents a continuous relationship between the inside and outside,” says Barclay, “the active and the passive is always present.” While the shape of the house is meant to protect; water is an element that sustains life but also contains a destructive force – creating tension and uncertainty with the viewer.
About the Artist
Per Barclay (b. 1955, Oslo) lives and works in Turin and Oslo. For decades Barclay has received great acclaim in Norway and beyond, for his monumental oil-installations, sculptural works, and photographs. Interiors and architecture are recurring motifs in his work and aid his creation of new spaces and landscapes. Throughout Barclay’s practice, the use of common raw and natural materials such as steel, iron, motor oil, milk, blood, and wine has led to the exploration of the duality between movement and tranquility, engendering contemplation of time and the architectural individuality of space.
His works have been exhibited in prestigious National museums, including the Henie-Onstad Art Centre (Oslo), Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (Nice, FR), Museet for Samtidskunst (Oslo), Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Fondazione Merz (Torino, IT), CAC Málaga Centro De Arte Contemporáneo (Málaga). See more of his work at perbarclay.com
This exhibition is presented as part of Artificial by Nature, a yearlong series of single-work exhibitions that explore distorted realities and altered perceptions of nature.
Curated by Kendal Henry.