Artist Glenn Barkley’ work is hand-built and composed of fragments from art history, popular culture and botanical forms. With a fear of empty space, all the surfaces are kept alive. In his studio he listens to a lot of pop music where lyrics deal with difficult subject matter like loss and heartbreak, although with the ability to strip down those to a line or even a word. Barkley finds here a direct reference to poetry itself. As an example the title of the show : “I know it’s just no use” is taken from the lyrics of a Gloria Estefan song, used as a link with Miami and America in general, from a poetic point of view.
Glenn Barkley is an artist, writer, curator and gardener based in Sydney and Berry NSW, Australia. His work operates in the space between these interests drawing upon ceramics deep history, to popular song, the garden and conversations about art and the internet. He was previously senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2008–14) and curator of the University of Wollongong Art Collection (1996–2007).
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