Lynne Barwick is a Sydney-based artist and writer. Her artworks make use of fiction, criticism and concrete poetry, to produce essay-like installations that chatter, make observations and posit theories. Recent works have focused on shifting understandings of the material world in the wake of digital technology.
Lynne Barwick has undertaken residencies at Artspace and NSW Ministry of the Arts Gunnery studios, Stone Villa studios, Bundanon and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. She has exhibited work throughout Australia and overseas and has been the recipient of several grants including a Samstag International Visual Art Scholarship. In 2015 she was a co-founder and co-organiser of Affiliated Text, a year-long, gallery project of text-based exhibitions which explored aspects of language and its visual forms.
I keep returning in my work to the gaps between a thing, or a concept, and the words and images used in description, naming and response. These gaps are very important to me and are my starting points for making art and for writing. My artworks use techniques from fiction, criticism and visual poetry, to produce essay-like installations that similarly make use of the elastic, fraught and comic conversation between language and images.
Most recently I have been working on text installations that survey our changing understanding of the material world. These works reference the use of language and systems in conceptual art, as a way of thinking through the propositions of subjectivity and materiality that emerged with structuralism, and continue to morph alongside digital technology. This technology augments but also disrupts our individual and collective understandings of ourselves as agents. I’m interested in the associated implications, threats and desires for a dematerialised future and how these might be rethought through both language and materials.
Group exhibition, I’ve Never Seen the Sky Like That Before at Southwest Contemporary, Adelaide from September 2020. Curated by Bronia Iwanczak. http://www.southwestcontemporary.com.au
My ephemeral Instagram series Desperate Algorithms can be seen @lynnebarwick during 2019.
Recent Exhibitions: Non Objective Writing, group show, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin, organised by Sydney Non Objective (SNO), 2018
‘Language as a life form’ by Anna Gibbs was published in Animism in art and performance (ed by Christopher Braddock, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), on conceptual writing and my installation Like a structured language.
Awarded a two-month residency at the Art Gallery of NSW’s Moya Dyring Memorial Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, with the assistance of a NSW Artists’ Grant, National Association of the Visual Arts, 2017.