Approved: 20.08.2016

Charlie Barlow

Artist, Writer

Approved: 20.08.2016

Charlie's practice begins through a haptic relationship with ‘boundary objects’ – everyday commodities that signify system, order and containment – and grows by exaggerating these items to a point where they both retain and go beyond their original form. Animated creatures and disorientating landscapes made from inert readymades such as latex gloves, toilet rolls and bin

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Artist Statement

Charlie's practice begins through a haptic relationship with ‘boundary objects’ – everyday commodities that signify system, order and containment – and grows by exaggerating these items to a point where they both retain and go beyond their original form. Animated creatures and disorientating landscapes made from inert readymades such as latex gloves, toilet rolls and bin bags playfully shift basic definition and meaning into a messy, mystical space with multiple metaphors. Emphasised material qualities – colour, texture, shape, scent, movement, time – create a disruptive experience highlighting camouflaged societal power structures which impact sense of self and problematic notions of 'the Other'. With no respect for norms, these beings infiltrate public space and soil sanitary galleries, confusing the categories of sculpture, performance, painting and rubbish. Unsettled status, perplexed value and blurred artificiality prompt consumerist questioning and environmental implications. Elements of works are produced in the studio as composition is realised during installation - a change in environment acts as a point of discovery for both the materiality of things in space and associative significance, flexible to shift with location. Destruction is an inevitable aspect of the work, displacing the function of such objects as commodities in order to form tangible transitory experiences.

CV & Education

Education

2016-2018 MA Fine Art with Distinction - Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London 
2011-2014 BA Fine Art with First Class Honours - Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich 

Residencies / Awards

2018     Artist in Residence, Academy for Visual Arts, HKBU, Hong Kong
2017     Clare Winsten Memorial Award, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2016     Slade Bursary, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2017     Artist in Residence, DYAD Creative, Norwich
2015     Arts Internship, Vivacity, Peterborough ?
2014     Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2017     Touch to Voice - Dove Street Studios, Norwich 

Group

2020     Love Light Festival - Norwich 

2019     Just Putting It Out There - Harts Lane Studios, London 
             Tate Staff Biennale - Tate Modern, London
             All Work and All Play - Air Gallery, Altrincham
             The Clunker - Playhouse Bar, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Norwich
             The Nomenclature of Colours - Slade Research Centre, UCL, London

2018     The Tortoise Will Reverse Itself - Academy for Visual Arts, HKBU, Hong Kong
              Inside Job - Tate Modern, London
              Platform 1 - Bloomsbury Theatre, London     
 
2017     The Clunker - Playhouse Bar / Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich
              Authentic Tongues - Bloomsbury Theatre, London
              MEMEMEME - Crypt Gallery, London

2016     Live Art - Wymondham, Norfolk
              BAS8 Takeover - NUA, Norwich
              In Loving Memory - Geddes Gallery, London
              Scratch Performances - Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich
              Wash Your Dirty Linen In Public - Peterborough City Gallery 

2015     Peterborough Arts Festival - Peterborough
              Shades of Yellow - Embassy Tea Gallery, London 
              Secret Circus - The Key Theatre, Peterborough 

2014     LAS Public Presentation - Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire 
              Art Car Boot Fair - Redwell Brewery, Norwich 
              In Loving Memory - Stew Gallery, Norwich
              Process - Stew Gallery, Norwich
              Fourteen - The Fabric Warehouse, Norwich

2013     NUA - Firstsite, Essex
              Aience - NUA, Norwich
              No Working Title - Tate Modern, London

Selected Lectures / Workshops

2018     Visiting Lecturer, Norwich Univerity of the Arts  

2017     Workshop Leader, Bath Spa University      

2015     Workshop Leader, Beach Babies Nursery, Cambridge

Additional Relevant Employment (Part-time & Freelance)

2019 GCSE Teacher - The Complete Works, London                                                                

2017 (Current) Visitor Assistant - Tate Gallery, London                                                            

2017-2020 Invigilator - Blain Southern Gallery, London                                                            

2016-2017 Short Course Studio Assistant - Slade School of Art, London                                    

Additional Experiences

2019 Artist performer for Yarli Allison A Wave of Garden Things Falls on U - The Arcade Museum, Letchworth Garden City

2016 Artist performer for Caroline Wright in On the Wing - Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge               

2015 Artist assistant for Matt Lewis, performer in Wain Procession, waitress for Lucy and Jorge Orta’s 70 x 7 The Meal – Peterborough Harvest Festival (organised by Metal)                              

2015 Member of curatorial team - NUA Degree Show, Norwich                                                  

2013 Invigilator - Outpost Gallery, Norwich