About The Work
Using a wide range of expressive means, in Per Barclay oil-rooms - rooms completely flooded in which architecture is mirrored on a deep surface of black oil - Barclay seeks a dialogue between the architectural space and that of the human interior, where each element flows into a psychological equilibrium constantly calibrated on the wavelength of apprehension.
Works and lives in Turin and Oslo. He studied History of Art at Bergen University, and completed his training at the Istituto Statale d’Arte in Florence, at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna and finally at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. In 1990 he took part in the Nordic Countries Pavillion at the 44th International Art Exhibition in Venice (XLIV Biennale di Venezia). His works have been exhibited in prestigious National museums, among which Henie-Onstad Art Centre, Oslo; Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice; Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo; CCC Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours; Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Fondazione Merz, Turin; CAC Málaga Centro De Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga. In 2017 he presented a huge installation at the opening of Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré in Tours, France.
Founded in 1975 by Giorgio Persano, who collaborated with and supported artists from arte povera to minimal and conceptual art. Today, the gallery shows works by these established artists alongside a selection works by young artists from the international scene. These young artists are connected by an interest in exploring their own cultural roots. In this way, the gallery intends to document and give visibility to a variety of experiences that are tied to the personal history and culture of the artist specifically, as well as experiences that are deeply rooted in the wider cultural context.