‘I Didn’t Ask To Be Your Muse’, 2015
The work of Simeon Barclay (b. Huddersfield 1975) is concerned with the visual accumulation of identity, and deals with questions of class, celebrity race and gender construction. For Open Source, he will create a new series of posters to adorn the surrounding area of Gillett Square, an area that finds itself in a rapid process of regeneration and gentrification. Idealised or pinup images of masculinity or femininity punctuate seductive images drawn from advertising or products encountered in everyday life, carefully composed in a pared down and graceful visual style. Often directly confronting his background as a working class black man growing up in the North of England, his work acts on a fault-line between social realities, recent popular cultural histories, and visions of aspiration, elegance and refinement.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Man’s Not Ready’, STCTHOTS, Leeds, UK (2015); ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong’, Dam Projects, London, UK (2015). Group exhibitions include ‘True Players’, W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2015); ‘The Feast Wagon’, The Tetley, Leeds, UK (2015); ‘A British Art Show’, Meyohas, New York, USA (2015). Simeon Barclay was recently selected as an Associate Artist of the Liverpool Biennial.
Curated by Richard Parry