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Hauser &\; Wirth New York is pleased to present ‘...later ’\, an exhibition of new work by celebrated British artist Phyllida Barlow. Opening 5 November 2012\, this dense and exuberant sequence of installatio ns is Barlow’s US follow-up to her recent solo show ‘siege’ at the New Muse um in New York City. The exhibition continues her exploration into the ways in which sculpture can dissolve boundaries between realms of experience.\n

‘...later’ will remain on view through 22 December.

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For more than forty years\, the urban environment has preoccupied Phyllida Barlow a nd provided a fecund source for her process-oriented sculpture. Constructio n debris\, signs\, fences\, and discarded objects are the sorts of unloved materials she adopts\, assembles\, and paints colorfully and crudely into s culptural forms that are simultaneously menacing and playful\, overwhelming and delicate. Incorporating intimately scaled objects and enormous forms a like\, her jammed-to-the-rafters installations actively engage viewers by d rawing them among\, under\, and around obstacles in much the same way that the city does on a daily basis. Barlow explains that she is compelled by ‘t he way things are replaced\, destroyed\, and covered over very quickly’ in the world around us\, to fashion analogs for the joys and fears of everyday life. ‘The work\,’ she has said\, ‘is completely about the fragility of ex istence’.

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At Hauser &\; Wirth New York\, Barlow is unleashing a series of more than two dozen rough-looking and vaguely anthropomorphic for ms across two floors of the gallery’s townhouse. Here she is reacting again st the conventional definition of sculpture as an immutable form separated from its surroundings: Large ‘awnings’ and ‘lattices’ will climb the walls. Enormous suspended boulder-like ‘lumps’ will hang from ceilings. Along wit h freestanding objects\, these will merge into an unsettled cohesion with t he gallery’s domestic spaces\, swallowing their environment and drawing vis itors into intriguing physical encounters.

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Sculptures with such tit les as ‘upturnedhouse’ and ‘holedwall’ – constructed from ubiquitous low-br ow materials like plywood\, cement\, polystyrene and wire netting – will be part of a complex\, topsy-turvy topography conceived by Barlow to interrup t viewers’ consciousness and awaken them to their own assumptions.

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Among the works on view in ‘...later’ will be a grouping of eleven large pa inted cement and plywood steles topped with barely recognizable remnants of the sculptors’ process – ‘anvil’\, ‘holeddrill’\, ‘midchainsaw’\, ‘roaddri ll’. A sly commentary on classicism\, authorship\, and perceived value\, th is group suggests an object lesson in what it takes for everyday stuff to b ecome art. Color animates the surfaces of the pieces\, rendering a delicate friction that engages the eye as it climbs from base to top. Together with the other works on view in ‘...later’\, these precarious-looking sculpture s critique monumentality while capturing the joyfulness\, absurdity\, and t ransience of life.

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‘There’s something about walking around sculptur e that has the possibility of being reflective\, like walking through a lan dscape’\, Phyllida Barlow has said. ‘The largeness of sculpture has that in finite possibility to make one engage beyond just the object itself and int o other realms of experience’.

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