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Sara Barker

Sara Barker’s skeletal wall constructions, freestanding, and tabletop sculptures occupy the interstices between painting and sculpture, opening a space between abstraction and representation. Barker’s works articulate painting as a space to be inhabited, thus the titles of her works often draw from the tradition of modernist poetry and literature.

Sara Barker (b. 1980, Manchester) lives and works in Glasgow. Solo exhibitions include Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; and BALTIC, Gateshead. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Saatchi Gallery, London; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow; and Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen. 

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Metamorphosis of Friends, Disappeared subtle structures , 2016, Aluminium sheet, steel rod and bar, perspex, brass, rod, automative paint, 330 x 162 x 167 cm. Exhibition view at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 2016.

Metamorphosis of Friends, Disappeared subtle structures, 2016, Aluminium sheet, steel rod and bar, perspex, brass, rod, automative paint, 330 x 162 x 167 cm. Exhibition view at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 2016.

Competition of Stones,  2016, aluminium sheet, perspex, automotive paint, aluminium rod, fixings, 127 x 128 x 88 cm

Competition of Stones, 2016, aluminium sheet, perspex, automotive paint, aluminium rod, fixings, 127 x 128 x 88 cm

layered garments on past patterns , 2016, aluminium sheet, mirrored steel, automotive paint, brass and aluminium rod, 125 x 143 x 29 cm

layered garments on past patterns, 2016, aluminium sheet, mirrored steel, automotive paint, brass and aluminium rod, 125 x 143 x 29 cm

Cloud darker than cast doubt , 2016, aluminium tray, steel rod, automotive paint, mirrored steel, 117 x 103 x 25 cm

Cloud darker than cast doubt, 2016, aluminium tray, steel rod, automotive paint, mirrored steel, 117 x 103 x 25 cm

Mordent Matter , 2016, aluminium tray, steel rod, automotive paint, mirrored steel , 91 x 83,5 x 19,5 cm

Mordent Matter, 2016, aluminium tray, steel rod, automotive paint, mirrored steel , 91 x 83,5 x 19,5 cm

Apertures of eyes and mouths , 2016, aluminium tray, steel rod, automotive paint, mirrored steel, 150 x 100 x 32 cm

Apertures of eyes and mouths, 2016, aluminium tray, steel rod, automotive paint, mirrored steel, 150 x 100 x 32 cm

What’s The Medium? A Medium For Their Mediums CHANGE-THE-SETTING , 2015, Stainless steel rod, folded aluminium sheet, glass, perspex, led lights, automotive paint, spray paint, 142,5 x 107 x 26,5 cm

What’s The Medium? A Medium For Their Mediums CHANGE-THE-SETTING, 2015, Stainless steel rod, folded aluminium sheet, glass, perspex, led lights, automotive paint, spray paint, 142,5 x 107 x 26,5 cm

Seascape proposal , 2012, steel rod, aluminium sheet, acrylic paint, gouache, metal filler , 96 x 59 x 72 cm

Seascape proposal, 2012, steel rod, aluminium sheet, acrylic paint, gouache, metal filler , 96 x 59 x 72 cm

Unfolding Arms Behind My Back , 2009, Cement, clay, woodfiller, acrylic paint, plywood, mahogany , 118 x 220 x 79 cm

Unfolding Arms Behind My Back, 2009, Cement, clay, woodfiller, acrylic paint, plywood, mahogany , 118 x 220 x 79 cm

limited body , 2013, steel bar, aluminium sheet, various paints, bolts, 242 x 84 x 61 cm

limited body, 2013, steel bar, aluminium sheet, various paints, bolts, 242 x 84 x 61 cm

What’s The Medium? A Medium For Their Mediums CHANGE-THE-SETTING , detail, 2015 
Stainless steel rod, folded aluminium sheet, glass, perspex, automotive paint, spray paint 
142,5 x 107 x 26,5 cm

What’s The Medium? A Medium For Their Mediums CHANGE-THE-SETTING, detail, 2015
Stainless steel rod, folded aluminium sheet, glass, perspex, automotive paint, spray paint
142,5 x 107 x 26,5 cm

hyperborean peripheries, electric change, the voices of men and women wreck'd,  2016  
Folded & painted aluminium tray, mirrored steel, steel rod, automotive paint 
117 x 105 x 25 cm

hyperborean peripheries, electric change, the voices of men and women wreck'd, 2016 
Folded & painted aluminium tray, mirrored steel, steel rod, automotive paint
117 x 105 x 25 cm

Borderline , 2016 
Perspex, wood, automotive paint 
285 x 500 x 90 cm

Borderline, 2016
Perspex, wood, automotive paint
285 x 500 x 90 cm

Irradiations Across Hemisphere , 2016 
Sandblasted glass, stainless steel, brass rod, automotive paint 
240 x 185 x 110 cm

Irradiations Across Hemisphere, 2016
Sandblasted glass, stainless steel, brass rod, automotive paint
240 x 185 x 110 cm

Irradiations Across Hemisphere , detail, 2016 
Sandblasted glass, stainless steel, brass rod, automotive paint 
240 x 185 x 110 cm

Irradiations Across Hemisphere, detail, 2016
Sandblasted glass, stainless steel, brass rod, automotive paint
240 x 185 x 110 cm

Metamorphosis of Friends, Disappeared subtle structures,  detail, 2016 
Aluminium sheet, steel rod and bar, perspex, brass, rod, automative paint 
330 x 162 x 167 cm

Metamorphosis of Friends, Disappeared subtle structures, detail, 2016
Aluminium sheet, steel rod and bar, perspex, brass, rod, automative paint
330 x 162 x 167 cm

The Letters F & M Are Characters , 2016 
Aluminium sheet, wood, perspex, aluminium rod, automative paint 
299 x 202 x 227 cm

The Letters F & M Are Characters, 2016
Aluminium sheet, wood, perspex, aluminium rod, automative paint
299 x 202 x 227 cm

The Letters F & M Are Characters , detail,  2016 
Aluminium sheet, wood, perspex, aluminium rod, automative paint 
299 x 202 x 227 cm

The Letters F & M Are Characters, detail,  2016
Aluminium sheet, wood, perspex, aluminium rod, automative paint
299 x 202 x 227 cm

The Letters F & M Are Characters , detail, 2016 
Aluminium sheet, wood, perspex, aluminium rod, automative paint 
299 x 202 x 227 cm

The Letters F & M Are Characters, detail, 2016
Aluminium sheet, wood, perspex, aluminium rod, automative paint
299 x 202 x 227 cm

Vase painting from a cylix: discussing a picture , 2014 
Aluminium sheet, brass & steel rod, oil paint, blackboard paint, steel, chalk 
140 x 142 x 47 cm, unique

Vase painting from a cylix: discussing a picture, 2014
Aluminium sheet, brass & steel rod, oil paint, blackboard paint, steel, chalk
140 x 142 x 47 cm, unique

Family ties , 2014 
steel and brass rod, sheet aluminium, various paints, filler, plywood 
130 x 90 x 60 cm

Family ties, 2014
steel and brass rod, sheet aluminium, various paints, filler, plywood
130 x 90 x 60 cm

Galactic voyages & inner journeys , 2013, 103 x 100 x 53 cm

Galactic voyages & inner journeys, 2013, 103 x 100 x 53 cm

Chequered passing-pin , 2013, aluminium sheet, steel rod, various paints, brass, bolts, black board, 133 x 118 x 39 cm

Chequered passing-pin, 2013, aluminium sheet, steel rod, various paints, brass, bolts, black board, 133 x 118 x 39 cm

Places quietly on the stairs , 2012 
Steelrod, brass rod, aluminum sheet, various paints & filler 
118 x 67 x 54 cm

Places quietly on the stairs, 2012
Steelrod, brass rod, aluminum sheet, various paints & filler
118 x 67 x 54 cm

Matters , 2013 
aluminium sheet, steel rod, various paints, brass rod, bolts, black board 
122 x 116 x 39 cm

Matters, 2013
aluminium sheet, steel rod, various paints, brass rod, bolts, black board
122 x 116 x 39 cm

Flowering of the rod , 2011 
Aluminium, steel, gouache, waterbased oil paint, chain 
210 x 106 x 120 cm

Flowering of the rod, 2011
Aluminium, steel, gouache, waterbased oil paint, chain
210 x 106 x 120 cm

Second self unravelled , 2012 
steel rod, brass rod, aluminium sheet, various paints & filler 
118 x 67 x 54 cm

Second self unravelled, 2012
steel rod, brass rod, aluminium sheet, various paints & filler
118 x 67 x 54 cm

Patterns , 2013 
Glass, painted aluminium, brass, foundation of marble chipped whitecrete, steel fixing 
369 x 344,30 x 294 cm

Patterns, 2013
Glass, painted aluminium, brass, foundation of marble chipped whitecrete, steel fixing
369 x 344,30 x 294 cm

For myself & strangers , exhibition view at GoMA, Glasgow, Scotland, 2014

For myself & strangers, exhibition view at GoMA, Glasgow, Scotland, 2014

In semi-darkness she reclines and prentends to read... , 2014 
Toughened glass, brass rod, steel flat bar, aluminium section, blackboard paint, oil paint 
254 x 277 x 90 cm

In semi-darkness she reclines and prentends to read..., 2014
Toughened glass, brass rod, steel flat bar, aluminium section, blackboard paint, oil paint
254 x 277 x 90 cm

Cross-sectioned feelings , 2014 
Toughened glass, brass & steel rod, steel flat bar, aluminium, blackboard paint, oil paint 
272 x 78 x 60 cm

Cross-sectioned feelings, 2014
Toughened glass, brass & steel rod, steel flat bar, aluminium, blackboard paint, oil paint
272 x 78 x 60 cm

Outcast Letter , 2014 
Toughened glass, brass rod, aluminium section, blackboard paint, oil paint 
209 x 50 x 74 cm

Outcast Letter, 2014
Toughened glass, brass rod, aluminium section, blackboard paint, oil paint
209 x 50 x 74 cm

The Human Family , 2014 
Aluminium sheet, brass & steel rod, various paints, brass fixings 
162 x 172 x 55 cm

The Human Family, 2014
Aluminium sheet, brass & steel rod, various paints, brass fixings
162 x 172 x 55 cm

The Human Family , 2014 
Aluminium sheet, brass & steel rod, various paints, brass fixings 
162 x 172 x 55 cm

The Human Family, 2014
Aluminium sheet, brass & steel rod, various paints, brass fixings
162 x 172 x 55 cm