‘glimpse’ – Phyllida Barlow’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in her celebrated five-decade career – is an ambitious presentation of new large-scale works assembled on site and in response to the gallery’s physical adaptation of the historic Globe Mills, a collection of late 19th and early 20th century buildings.
Visitors are encouraged to walk around and under, and look up and over the sculptures. Such interaction is a critical element of Barlow’s work, typical of her longtime exploration of the ways in which sculpture can open the mind to different realms of experience by summoning the body forward.
At the center of South Gallery, Barlow positions a sculptural structure reminiscent of a stage – a proscenium for the other surrounding sculptures. Though comprised of cement, this work is delicate, prohibiting visitors from traversing its seemingly reliable surface. A nearby jumble of stilts supports two staircase-like forms, holding them in a state of entropy. Nearby, a cluster of poles and draped scrim induces a sense of hazard, but beckons visitors beneath its wooden posts and skirt of vibrantly painted fabric.
Explore a selection of sculptures and works on paper related to the works on view in 'glimpse'.
For almost 60 years, British artist Phyllida Barlow took inspiration from her surroundings to create imposing installations that can be at once menacing and playful. She created large-scale yet anti-monumental sculptures from inexpensive, low-grade materials such as cardboard, fabric, plywood, polystyrene, scrim, plaster and cement. These constructions were often painted in industrial or vibrant colors, the seams of their construction left at times visible, revealing the means of their making.