I Had To Do It

Ella Barclay

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  • UTS Gallery

    Level 4, Peter Johnson Building (Building 6)
    702 Harris St, Ultimo,
    University of Technology, Sydney

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The installations of Ella Barclay serve as technological tableaus, directing us to the physicality of hardware, the ethereal nature of data and the alchemic transformation of ideas. I Had To Do It is her first solo institutional exhibition and employs a range of media to explore some of her most vital contentions – the power of text as technology, messy network architectures, myth making and the internet –  as well as a reflection on 20th century techno-utopianism.

Barclay has exhibited extensively in Sydney, as well as project and group exhibitions in Tokyo, Taipei, Edinburgh, Brisbane, Kassel, Bathurst and New York. She has been a finalist in the Helen Lempriere Travelling Arts Scholarship, the New South Wales Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) and the John Fries Award. She is a current PhD candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney. This year she is a resident artist at both the Australia Council Studio, London and Casula Powerhouse, Western Sydney.

Read the catalogue essay by Kailana Sommer here.

 

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.