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Glenn Barkley's work draws upon ceramics' history, popular song, gardens, and conversations about art and the internet

“I used to be a curator in a big museum and like a lapsed Catholic I carry the guilt inside me forever. It has led to a lot of my ceramic work being about the art world itself which is a really boring topic at the best of times.

“I’m intrigued by the way that online forums have become the home of art criticism. Pithy comments have replaced analysis as the mainstream print media shrinks. I mine the online environment for subject matter fixing it in perpetuity. Pots have the potential to last for millennia and this really appeals to my ego.

“Like many others in the art world, I am an avid reader of the online comments of the Brisbane artist Scott Redford. I think he has created a large corpus of writing which is a counternarrative to the bright and shiny rhetoric that emerges out of most major institutions. I have made a large pot that celebrates this.

“I appreciate that although I do not agree with everything he says I really admire that he is game enough, and smart enough, to say it.

“There is another pot here about performance art. As always I’m trying to leave a record of the ephemeral, a bulwark against time.” – Glenn Barkley

Glenn Barkley is an artist, writer, curator and gardener based in Sydney and Berry NSW. 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 and curator of the University of Wollongong Art Collection.

His work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Shepparton Art Museum and Artbank, Sydney.



Weekdays, 11am to 5pm
Weekends, 11am to 6pm

Friday 28 July to Sunday 20 August 2017



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