Simeon Barclay: Bus2move
27 October 2018 – 3 February 2019
Simeon Barclay in his first institutional solo exhibition in the North of England, presents a new body of work informed by research into dance. From the visual spectacle of contemporary dance theatre to the communal experience of the night club dance floor, the exhibition Bus2move manifests as a series of sculptural installations combining costume, film and video, photography, lighting and sound. Barclay's interest in dance and its many facets centres on the construction of masculinity, with particular focus on the way popular perceptions and stereotypes become defined, contested and encoded upon the dancing male body.
Barclay undertook a research residency at the internationally renowned Phoenix Dance Theatre based in Leeds to inform the creation of new artwork for the exhibition. Focusing on choreography; sound design; costume; lighting and stage design, this research informed a series of new installations which continue Barclay's ongoing interest with the complexity of subjectivity and how these states of consciousness are refracted through race, class and received notions of identity.
Creating immersive environments with lighting and sound that bring theatrical influences into the gallery setting, Bus2move brings together resonant images and objects that speak to each other across cultural divides; between high theatre and popular culture; individual and collective identity.
The exhibition explores the relationships between performance, installation, costume display, stage design, sculpture and props.
Supported by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, the exhibition will be reconfigured for Workplace Foundation, Gateshead and The Turnpike, Leigh.
Simeon Barclay, Look No Hands (detail shot), 2018. Photo Jules Lister. Courtesy the artist and The Tetley
Simeon Barclay, Look No Hands (detail shot 2), 2018. Photo Jules Lister. Courtesy the artist and The Tetley
Simeon Barclay, installation shot, 2018. Photo Jules Lister. Courtesty the artist and The Tetley
Simeon Barclay, En/Counter in 5 Movements, 2018. Photo Jules Lister. Courtesy the artist and The Tetley