Sol Bailey-Barker MRBS (b 1987) is a British multi-disciplinary artist working primarily with sculpture, sound and performance. Informed by the development of technologies that were for millennia seen as shamanic for their transformative power upon the landscape and their influence over life and death, Bailey-Barker's practice follows this journey of body-hacking and augmentation from the ancient sacred axe to contemporary prosthetics and machinery. Working with found objects, building immersive environments which combine the constructed with the found, he explores the uncertainty of history, revisiting narratives from a parallel non-colonial perspective.

Bailey-Barker's abstract sculptures draw from symbolism and objects he studies, using materials associated with both agriculture and industry to provoke an association between the industrial born from technological development and its ancient spiritual origins. Drawing on the sound of rhythmic heavy machinery and sacred bells, Bailey-Barker's sculptures double as ritual instruments, the installation becomes a temple both revering and questioning human endeavour and where it has brought us to now. 
 

Solo Exhibitions
 

2018     A Bouba/Kiki Paradigm, Alice Black Gallery, London, UK
2018     ARE WE ALONE?, Platform Southwark, London, UK
2017     The Perpetuity of Ruin, Fieldworks, London, UK
2017     Forms Shaped Through TimeHolborn Circus, London, UK
             Two monumental sculptures installed for six months, supported by Arts Council England and City of London Corporation
2016     From Myth To Earth, The Koppel Project Hive, London, UK
             In collaboration with Gabriella Sonabend
2016     Wyrd Then : Weird Now, The Koppel Project, London, UK
             Featuring Tom Hatton and Joe Farley with exhibition text by Joseph Minden

Selected Group Exhibitions
 

2018    ART LIMA, Galeria Impakto, Lima, Peru
2017    Espacios concretosGaleria Impakto, Lima, Peru
            Augusto Ballardo, Sol Bailey-Barker, Gamaliel Rodriguez and Annett Zinsmeister
2017    Art Night, Fieldworks, London, UK
            Special exhibition presentation for Art Night Associate Programme, Curated by Fatos Ustek
2017    Between Night and Day, London, UK
            Sol Bailey-Barker and Mat Chivers (Curated by Kaleidoscope)
2014    The National Sculpture Symposium,  Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, UK
            Sol Bailey-Barker, Katie Hayward, Patrick Hurst, Steve Hurtado, Ed Jones and Jane Phillips
2013    I Don't Mind, 3Space, London, UK
            Sol Bailey-Bailey, Ulysses Black, Annie Brooks, Kitty Dalton, Sarah Delmonte, Michel Good,
            Balint Revesz, Howard Sivills, Tasos Stamou and Anna Vauhkonen
2012    Northala, Red Earth, Ealing, UK
            Performer in piece commissioned by GLA and produced by ArtsAgenda
2011    Brighton Faculty of The Arts, Degree Show, Brighton, UK


Residencies and Awards
 

2018     Unit 1 Gallery, Radical Residency II, London, UK
2017     Galeria Impakto Artist Residency, Lima, Peru
2017     Royal British Society of Sculptors Hex Residency, Munich, Germany
2017     The Ashurt Emerging Art Prize, Winner of The Sculpture Prize
2016    Outset Artist Residency, Tel Aviv, Israel
2016     Brian Mercer Bronze Award, Shortlisted
2016     Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England
             Funding awarded for 'From Myth To Earth' collaboration with Gabriella Sonabend
2014    Lugar a Dudas Artist Residency, Cali, Colombia
2014    National Sculpture Symposium, selected artist, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, UK
            Supported by Royal British Society of Sculptors
2014    Portico in Arte, Artist Residency, Portico Di Romagna, Italy
2012    National Student Film Festival, shortlisted for Best Animation
2006    Farley's Yard Art Award, Winner
 

Talks and Events
 

2018   Are We Alone? sonic-sculpture performance, Platform Southwark, UK
2017   Art Night 2017, Fieldworks, UK
           Artist talk, film screening of 'Wyrd Then : Weird Now'
2016   From Myth To Earth Book Launch, The Koppel Project Hive, UK
           Artist talk and launch of 'From Myth To Earth: Seeking Archetypes in Greed and Healing'
2016   Forms Shaped Through Time, Holborn Circus, UK
           Sculpture unveiling and artist talk
2016   Wyrd Then : Weird Now - an excavation, The Koppel Project, UK
           Artist Talk in conversation with Tom Hatton, Joseph Minden and Gabriella Sonabend
2015   National Sculpture Symposium Panel Discussion and Talk, The Royal British Society of Sculptors, UK
           Sol Bailey-Barker, Katie Hayward, Patrick Hurst, Steve Hurtado, Ed Jones and Jane Phillips in conversation
           with George Marsh, Julian Wild and Diane Mclean.
 

Bibliography/Press/Radio


2017     Internet #1 - We Can See You Internet!, Resonance Radio featuring interview with Sol Bailey Barker
2017     Espacios Concretos Review, La Mula
2017     Ruins & relics trawled from the Thames find new life in Sol Bailey Barker's powerful show
             Phoenix Magazine, article by Aindrea Emelife
2017     How To Change The World : Sol Bailey Barker 'Between Night & Day'
            
Nomadic Press, review by James Thomas
2017     In conversation with Sol Bailey-Barker, AFTER NYNE, Issue 13
2016     Mythologies to Follow - Interview with Sol Bailey-Barker, POCKO, article by Håkon Lillegraven
2016     Artist Feature, Art Thou
2016     Rear Window - Colombian Art: From Myth To Earth, teleSUR
             Documentary commissioned by Tariq Ali about 'From Myth To Earth' exhibition featuring Sol Bailey-Barker
             and Gabriella Sonabend and parallel exhibition 'Mitologia de la Tierra' featuring German Arrubla, Omar
             Castaneda, Crista Castellanos, Ivan Castillo, Melissa Cruz Garcia, Maria Leguizamo and Juliana Gongora
             curated by Gabriella Sonabend and Sol Bailey-Barker
2016     From Myth To Earth exhibition review, This is Tomorrow, article by William Davie
2016     From Myth To Earth exhibition review, Found Some Paper, article by Natalja Dembek
2016     From Myth To Earth exhibition review, The Prisma Magazine, article by Olivia Arigho-Stiles
2016     From Myth To Earth exhibition review, Culture Label
2016     FROM MYTH TO EARTH; Seeking Archetypes in Greed and Healing, Koppel Press
             Sol Bailey-Barker and Gabriella Sonabend, limited edition artist book
2016     From Myth To Earth exhibition review, What's Hot London
2016     The Interview London Magazine, Exhibition Guide
2016     Wyrd Then : Weird Now, Nomadic Press, Artist-to-artist interview
             Sol Bailey-Barker in conversation with Harriet Poznansky and Rohan DaCosta
2016     Wyrd Then : Weird Now, exhibition review, Avenir Magazine 
2016     Wyrd Then : Weird Now, exhibition review, FAD Magazine, review by Jesc Bunyard
2016     Interview with Sol Bailey-Barker, PANTA Magazine, Issue 8
2015     Art Habens in conversation with Gabriella Sonabend
             Featuring collaborations with Sol Bailey-Barker, Special Summer Edition
2014     National Sculpture Symposium, publication in association with Forum Arts


Representation and Collections

Sol Bailey-Barker is represented by Galeria Impakto, Lima, Peru
Works housed in private collections in Lima, London, Athens, Paris, Los Angeles, New York

 

 

 

 

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