Selected works by Sara Barker

Sara Barker
Fenestra

2010

Aluminium, gouache paint, waterbased primer, polyester resin, glue on painted steel & glass table

102 x 135 x 10 cm / Table: 58 x 163 x 80 cm
Sara Barker’s works don’t simply breach the boundaries between painting and sculpture, they are that boundary. Skeletal structures in aluminium and steel describe wonky rectangular shapes in the air in hesitant lines, as though uncertain of themselves; their forms are those of sketches, not sculptures. Their surfaces are then coated with layers of oil paint, gouache and watercolour in the blanched and airy palette of a landscape painting. And as landscapes do, Barker’s works posit painting as a thing to be inhabited, and draw on the tradition of inhabited rooms in the quiet modernist lineage of Bonnard and Matisse (one work is named after his 1916 painting ‘The Piano Lesson’).
Sara Barker
La Leçon De Piano

2010

Aluminium sheet, oil based primer, oil paint, polyester resin on glass & steel table

119 x 74 x 19 cm / Table: 83 x 89 x 46 cm
Modernist literature, too, has long provided Barker with inspiration for her spindly spatial constructions: both the metaphorical and actual space of Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’ – the unfolding of a novel is, too, a kind of space-making – might provide discreet associations with her work. Yet Barker’s works refuse to cooperate with conventional categorization: these are the spaces between, like the gaps that separate words in a sentence. Their power lies in what they don’t quite say.
Sara Barker
Words Are Form

2010

Aluminium, grey & white metal filler, primer, gouache, oil paint, glue, rivets, bolts

158 x 119 x 15 cm
Sara Barker
Intercourse

2011

Steel, rubber, shellac, pigment, basa wood, copper paint

201 x 124 x 54 cm
Sara Barker
Conversions

2011

Steel, aluminium, various paints

215 x 115 x 65 cm
Sara Barker
Everyone Is De Trop

2011

Aluminium, various paints, pencil crayon, pastel, rivets, filler

220 x 120 x 18 cm
Sara Barker
Love Letter

2012

Aluminium sheet, steel rod, steel bar, canvas, oil paint, watercolour, acrylic paint, aquarelle, metal filler on steel and mirror plinth

216 x 119 x 86 cm
Sara Barker
A Certain Slant Of Night

2012

Aluminium and steel sheet, various paints, glass, painted mahogany table

176 x 96.5 x 84 cm
Text by Ben Street






Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Markus Amm    Tom Anholt    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Sara Barker    Michael Bauer    Dan Bayles    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Gabriella Boyd    Sarah Braman    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    David Brooks    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Peter Linde Busk    Carter    Nathan Cash Davidson    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Jessica Craig-Martin    Ana Cvorovic    Ian Davis    Inez de Coo    Nicholas Dedics    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Colden Drystone    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    David Ellis    Annabel Emson    Ayan Farah    Maria Farrar    Dee Ferris    Daphne Fitzpatrick    Luc Fuller    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    Noémie Goudal    Elias Hansen    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    Valerie Hegarty    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Richard Höglund    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    David Humphrey    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Merlin James    Jacob Dahl Jürgensen    Tillman Kaiser    Scott King    Terence Koh    Alice Könitz    John Kørner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    George Henry Longly    Juliette Losq    Lake & Evans    Jill Mason    Simon Mathers    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Martin McMurray    Ryan McNamara    Turay Mederic    Robert Melee    Aleksandra Mir    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Luisa Mota    Carlos Noronha Feio    Nick Nowicki    William J. O'Brien    Matt O'dell    Mona Osman    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Dustin Pevey    Marius Pfannenstiel    Benedetto Pietromarchi    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Max Prus    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Jessica Sanders    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Lara Schnitger    Maaike Schoorel    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Macrae Semans    Jamie Shovlin    Daniel Silver    Agathe Snow    Anne Speier    Jeni Spota    Roman Stanczak    Martina Steckholzer    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Shaan Syed    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Rafal Topolewski    Ryan Trecartin    Francis Upritchard    Marianne Vitale    Caroline Walker    John Wallbank    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Alexi Williams Wynn    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers    Joel Wyllie    Haeri Yoo

Sara Barker's Biography

Sara Barker
Born in 1980, Manchester, UK
Lives and works in Glasgow, UK



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2012
Mary Mary at 45 Alexandra Park Street, Glasgow
Women at a Window, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London

2010
Images, Mary Mary, Glasgow

2009
FOUR, Dublin

2008
Present Future, Artissima Art Fair, Turin
Hanging A Way Of Dressing, Glasgow Project Rooms, Glasgow

2007
Mary Mary, Glasgow

2006
New Work Scotland, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
The Geometry of Things - Markus Amm / Sara Barker / Robin Watkins, GAK, Bremen

2012
Tracing the Century: Drawing from Tate Collection, Tate Liverpool
Pink Caviar, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow Since WWII, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art
DRAWING : SCULPTURE (curated by The Drawing Room, London), Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds & touring

2011
Frauenzimmer - Sara Barker / Karla Black / Carol Bove / Thea Djordjadze / Isa Genzken / Kitty Kraus / Tatiana Trouvé, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Look with all your eyes, look, Frith Street Gallery, London
Sara Barker / Lars Tygesen, Christian Andersen, Copenhagen
Somiglianze non sensibili, Galerie Opdahl, Berlin

2010
Maria Loboda / Chiara Camoni / Sara Barker / Marie Lund / Gyan Panchard, Galleri Opdahl, Norway
Sara Barker / Jessica Rankin, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin

2009
The morning after the big fire - Sara Barker / Michael Samuels,Ville du Parc Contemporary Art Center, Annemasse, France
Taj Mahal Travellers, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm
La Importancia del Pez Cebra, Pillar Parra & Romero, Madrid
Zero Budget Biennial, Paris
The Actuality of the Idea, Modern Art, London

2008
Base: Object, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Open Eye Club, Tramway, Glasgow
Claire Barclay/Sara Barker/Neil Clements/Sally Osborn/Jonathan Owen/Albrecht Schafer Doggerfisher, Edinburgh

2007
Studio Voltaire, London

2006
Peaton House, Cove Park, Argyll & Bute
Magazine 2006, Edinburgh Sculpture workshop
Mantua Art Festival, Roscommon, Ireland
Transmission Members show, Glasgow

2005
Re-Escape, Hamburg, Germany
Untitled, Transmission, Glasgow

2004
Best in Show, Members show, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
Shadow Lives, Emerged Gallery, Glasgow (with Tim Facey)
Sara Barker / Lotte Gertz, Mary Mary Project Space, Glasgow