Sometimes perimeter and sometimes gateway, Matthew Barnes’ images often dance with found sculptural forms. By surfing through the memories of architecture and places once travelled the results begin to investigate the penumbral spaces that chance can produce.
Unintentionally these compositions might contain a void or emit a positive that would clarify or abstract the situation. Whether abstract or representational the work references how we pass through space and how that experience is recorded. The mixture between memories and new images creates a unique narrative in the mind, which is then filed away for reinterpretation at a later date.
Glasgow-based Barnes engages with the urban environment to investigate the spaces we occupy, how we fit within them or are forced from them. His images aim to isolate and promote the sculptural forms that are ever present in new and old infrastructure. They evoke memories of architecture and places once travelled and ultimately analyse how infrastructure leads the development of the modern world.
The speed of modernity is dictated by the speed of travel; and this movement of information, goods and people together creates the subject of his practice. Building forms to present these images allows him to take the viewer out of the gallery context and place them in an unfamiliar situation both visually and physically, the idea is to dislodge the viewer’s sense of calm and nudge them towards a feeling of discontent; to not just evoke the every day, mundane boredom of travel but to talk of the freedom it allows and pressure it creates.
Born in 1986 in Hastings[UK] Matthew studied visual communication at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2008. He currently lives and works in Glasgow and helps to run Govan Project Space.