While at the Tate Britain a few weeks ago, I witnessed the installation of Phyllida Barlow's new epic piece, Dock, scheduled to open on Monday, March 31. Barlow is know for using modest, every-day materials such as cardboard, lumber, concrete, fabric and plaster to create monumental works. Her pieces sometimes evoke temporary scaffolding or construction sites, making the install crew in hard hats and safety vests blend well with the incomplete work. This pairing made, for me, a dynamic performance. Dock was created for the Tate Britain Commission which asks artists to both respond to the collection in the gallery and to the grand arcade that will house their piece:
Having seen the space evolve over several decades, I'm very excited by the opportunity to work in the Duveen Galleries. Considering a body of new work, I was very conscious of two particular contradictory aspects: the tomb-like interior galleries against the ever-present aspect of the river.