Mindy Solomon is proud to present Glenn Barkley’s second Solo Exhibtion, I contain multitudes.
I created this body of work while looking on and living through the global Covid – 19 pandemic.
I have had a long interest in American history and culture and this pandemic has brought on long standing tensions that arise from this culture and history – from structural racism to the emergence of destructive conspiracy theories.
I have purposefully used cheap sculptural images of American presidents in some of these works. Not to disrespect them but to highlight how ubiquitous their imagery might be – even here on the other side of the earth where the ideals of the founding fathers found root in a place like Australia. Americans were present in Australian cultural, social and political life since the First Fleet invasion in 1788 and the federated states of Australia in 1901 were partly inspired by the model of the USA.
In Australia we also have a reckoning to around images and civic spaces of the colonists in the places where I live and work. How we choose to move forward from this moment, and as someone who makes and thinks about images, is endlessly complex and compelling but something we as a society MUST reckon with. This ties into broad questions around monuments and history: and the sometimes difficult paths in how it is depicted, celebrated and acknowledged.