The Alfonso Artiaco gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition by Robert Barry, Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at 7 pm, the artist will be present.
Robert Barry (New York, 1936, lives and works in New Jersey), one of the founding fathers of Conceptual Art, presents for his third solo show at Alfonso Artiaco gallery (2007, 2011) works that keep exploring different media.
Words, the main instrument of his work, are drawn with pencil or ink, sometimes using stencils, while others are made of MDF. The supports used range from paper to rough wood, from canvas to the gallery walls. The medium of presentation changes (according to Barry, all surfaces have potential), yet the ideas and aesthetics remain consistent.
The works of Barry are, in a sense, austere. Surfaces and words exert a clean visual appeal while reading the words chosen by the artist allows the viewer to enter the artwork and to get the sense and the atmosphere they carry.
In Barry's works, however, there are no defined references. You must be willing to question and to explore the possible connections, both from the point of view of the artist and of the viewer. Through each of the formal decisions, Barry offers the opportunity for more specific readings of the work without ever try to build a narrative to be guessed.
In the four rooms dedicated to the show, wall-pieces, floor-pieces, large canvases and works on paper are exhibited alternatively, as well as the new series INCOMPLETE, on paper or wood, which gives the exhibition its title.
In the INCOMPLETE … series, the words are singular and centred. The letters are all uppercase and each work only has one word: "INCOMPLETE …". While not painted boldly, Barry has chosen a firm and strong font that holds the surface in a seemingly complete way. However, the subject matter and the ellipsis (" …") leave room for more. What that "more" is, is open for discussion, but Barry has created works that are simultaneously complete and incomplete.