Anna Barriball (4 stars)

Sculpture show from the Plymouth-born artist contains a relaxed humour

Anna Barriball

There’s a certain fascination in concealment within the work of Plymouth-born Anna Barriball, a tension between what the works appear to be and what they actually are. Is a framed, full-sized pencil rubbing of a door a drawing of said door, or are its 3D contours a sculptural representation of it? What colour is a loosely rolled-up bale of apparently once-white paper that’s been entirely pencil-shaded? Is a blade-shaped cut out from a piece of white card wrapped in black thread a representation of the titular knife or just an abstract assemblage?

Bold and playful in their formal conceits, Barriball’s works are strongly-conceived, from the eerie slurp and flap of a video piece showing a sheet of paper being sucked into a fireplace, to an autumnal confetti of leaves cut from old curtains and an entire wall painstakingly pencilled with the pattern of soundproofing tiles. The point seems to slip away with one or two pieces – a flashy showcase wall of marker pen-darkened windbreaks, for example – but this is largely a show of focused intention and relaxed humour.

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, until Mon 9 Apr.

Anna Barriball at The Fruitmarket Gallery, 21 January -- 9 April 2012

Anna Barriball

  • 4 stars

Work from the English artist blurring the boundaries between drawing and sculpture.

Rub and Bleed: The Meeting of Materials in Anna Barriball's Drawings

Dr Ed Krcma (University College Cork) explores issues of friction and mobility in Anna Barriball’s work on paper.

Artist's Talk: Anna Barriball

The artist behind the current exhibition, in conversation with Fiona Bradley, gallery director.

In the Loop: Anna Barriball

A tour of the exhibition for visitors who are hard of hearing. Only ten places available so booking in advance is recommended.

In the Frame: Anna Barriball

Artist Juliana Capes leads a tour of the exhibition, specifically designed for visitors with visual impairments, including detailed descriptions of Anna Barriball’s work and practice. Ten places are available so booking is recommended.

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