clive barstow

tomorrow is history

28 july - 26 august 2017

artist talk:
3pm saturday 29 july

Clive Barstow's exhibition, Tomorrow is History, has central themes of time and place, and cultural and historical representation.

He acknowledges that the notion that you can position yourself in time, looking forward and backward in a linear, chronological structure is very much a traditional western idea that perhaps "no longer represents the complexities of our shifting and dynamic hybrid communities". The disjointedness of colliding cultures, the fascination of the past and its recycling into the present, is represented in a series of jigsaw artworks, in which jigsaws are remade, joined with mismatched partners forming awkward and ill-fitting intersections between cultural groups. Disney characters can be found romping through Arcadian landscapes, accompanied by a Geisha girl, as the landscape unfolds to include Uluru surrounded by the Great Wall of China. (Entering Anarcadia 2015) Thematically, these jigsaws also represent Barstow's interests in different cultural groups; Australian, British and Chinese.

A new series of ready-made sculptural forms continue Barstow's interest in cultural hybridity and intersecting found objects to form new narratives and playful new interpretations. They link to the jigsaw works with their cultural clashes, such as the Disney characters riding the kangaroo in Crow-Ded (2017). An even more direct link in this artwork is the jigsaw pieces held in the mouths of the black crows, duck and owl. Are we cultural thieves? The title of the work is printed across two desk tops, on an old school desk mounted to the wall upside down, perhaps referring to our crowded schools, or our overcrowded world. Is the inversion a reference to Australia, the land down-under? His artworks intrigue the viewer, raising as many questions as they answer, often with an unsettling and humorous outlook. As Dr Nicola Kaye notes, "Barstow plays the role of trickster, and invites us, his audience, into a complex world of play, metaphor, irony and interrogation". (The Trialectical Model of the Trickster, catalogue essay, 2017).

Clive Barstow is Professor of Creative Arts and Executive Dean of Arts & Humanities at Edith Cowan University, Honorary Professor of Art at the University of Shanghai Science & Technology China and global faculty member of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey USA. He is a practicing artist and writer, and was trained as a sculptor and printmaker at the University of the Arts London (Chelsea School of Art) under Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. Clive's exhibition profile includes forty years of international exhibitions, artist residencies and publications in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. His work is held in a number of collections, including the Musse National d'Art Modern Pompidou Centre Paris and the British Council USA. He is Vice President of the Australian Council of Deans & Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA) and Director of the Open Bite Australia Print Workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

clive barstow artwork
entering anarcadia
jigsaws
54 x 235cm
2015
$4,800
clive barstow artwork
watching and waiting
jigsaws
56 x 58cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
jellystone
jigsaws
56 x 58cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
flora, fauna and the ranger
jigsaws
52 x 58cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
innocence lost
jigsaws
56 x 56cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
et in anarcadia
jigsaws
54 x 58cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
cabbage crates over briny
jigsaws
54 x 58cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
every road has two paths
jigsaws + acrylic
54 x 58cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
a happy occident
jigsaws + acrylic
54 x 58cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
lonesome ghosts
jigsaws + acrylic
50 x 53cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
buffalo drought
jigsaws + acrylic
55 x 58cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
otherview
jigsaws
54 x 235cm
2017
$4,800
clive barstow artwork
picnic at hanging rocks
jigsaws + acrylic
52 x 55cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
the birdsong
jigsaws
545 x 58cm
2016
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
gone fishin'
jigsaws
55 x 58cm
2015
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
uncool britannia
jigsaws
54 x 56cm
2016
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
war
jigsaws
54 x 56cm
2016
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
piece
jigsaws
54 x 56cm
2016
$2,600
clive barstow artwork
god's country 1
digital jigsaws
250 x 40cm
2015
$4,200
clive barstow artwork
god's country 2
digital jigsaws
250 x 40cm
2015
$4,200
clive barstow artwork
bartlebooth's double cross
wood, metal, plaster, resin, sand, glass, wax
230 x 150 x 50cm
2017
$6,800
clive barstow artwork
crow-ded
wood, metal, resin, glass, plastic
260 x 320 x 80cm
2017
$5,700
clive barstow artwork
we will decide
plaster, sand, polystyrene, resin
270 x 325 x 120cm
2017
$6,300
clive barstow artwork
black sheep, white fella'
wood, resin, steel, glass, print
170 x 80 x 50cm
2017
$3,200
clive barstow artwork
double crosses
digital jigsaws
250 x 40cm
2015
$4,200
clive barstow artwork
a chinese whisper
edition 1/10
mp4 animation
7 minutes
2017
$2,700