Phyllida Barlow, the innovative artists sculptures and paintings are currently being displayed at Turner contemporary. 10 of her evocative sculptures fill the Turner, including the ‘upturned house’ and one of my favourites ‘Awnings’, a series of vivid dyed fabric draped over dark pillars, which stands centre on the back wall of the South Gallery. Throughout her work she uses ‘waste’ materials such are cement, steel and wire. But yet still transforms these discarded gems into marvellous creations.
As you walk into the exhibition you are faced with two giants, the untitled ‘stage and hanging container’ along with the ‘upturned house’, both the scale and graphic colours makes it difficult to notice in the corner the tangle of steel and wool perched on the top of the wall. The combination of ‘torque’ hung high and the other two sculptures give a clear demonstration that ‘waste’ can be turned into something playful and creative. For these reasons I believe Barlow’s work is key to help inspire the youth to think outside of the box, to put down those watercolours and acrylic and have a look at your environment. Like Lin Evola-Smidt who took the guns from the gangs of Los Angeles, that plagued the city in the 90s and created angels, this is another example that art can be made from anything and still be considered art.
Aphra Gluck from Thamesview School wrote this review while on work experience at Turner Contemporary