Anna Barriball, Untitled, 2008. Curtain fabric, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.
Anna Barriball, Light drawing, 2000. Marker pen on lamp and paper, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.
Anna Barriball, Bag drawing, 2000. Marker pen on carrier bag, 46 x 37 x 21cm. Colección Bergé, Madrid.
Anna Barriball, Untitled V, 2004. Ink and bubble mixture on found photograph, 8.7 x 6.1 cm. Private Collection.
Anna Barriball, Untitled Vll, 2004. Ink and bubble mixture on found photograph, 11.4 x 8.9 cm. Private Collection.
Anna Barriball, Draw (fireplace) 2005 (detail). Video projection. Duration 10 min, 30 sec. Edition of three. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.
Anna Barriball, Untitled II, 2008. Ink on Paper, 239 x 66 x 22 cm. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.
30 September – 27 November 2011
Anna Barriball’s first major survey exhibition, at MK Gallery, brings together drawing, video, photography and sculpture made over the last decade.
Barriball often coats ordinary objects such as bags and lamps in pen and ink or makes impressions of windows and doors by meticulously tracing their surfaces with pencil on paper and magnifying the incidental details and textures created by every day wear and tear.
At the same time, much of her work evolves from spontaneous discoveries, channelling natural forces with little or no physical contact. A video records a sheet of paper sucked in and out of a fireplace by a draught while new images are created as ink bubbles burst over found photographs. Other works lie at a crossroad between interior and exterior or private and public as a blown up image shows mysterious figures staring out of a window and leaves cut out of second hand curtains are strewn across the floor.
Whether capturing specific instances or conjuring hazy memories, Barriball’s work combines intense, concentrated moments with slight, playful gestures, highlighting the fleeting moments and discreet surroundings that witness our passage through time and space.