Sara Barker: For Myself and Strangers
Barker's delicate, three-dimensional structures invite a greater sense of engagement with the viewer
One of the strengths of GENERATION (the Scotland-wide visual art event currently taking place) is that it showcases not only the work of well-known Scottish contemporary artists but also of those who have quietly built up careers here without become well-known names. The opportunity for Sara Barker to present a major body of work at GoMA is one such welcome result.
Barker is a sculptor whose work sits somewhere between sculpture, painting and drawing. She uses fine metal to draw lines in space, creating delicate three-dimensional structures that seem to perch or hang from walls. They often include strips of material with painted surfaces.
Within the space at GoMA, she has created walls that support her sculptures, defining new spaces for the pieces to inhabit. In the second part of the show, she constructs these out of glass, making her fine structures appear even finer, as though they hang effortlessly in space.
In what may be a new direction, several of the works here suggest human presence. The interweaving lines in ‘In semi-darkness she reclines and pretends to read’ could be a reclining woman; ‘Cross sectioned feelings’ may evoke a figure leaning against a wall. Their quiet suggestiveness invites a greater sense of engagement with the viewer.
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, until Sun 5 Oct.