Robert Barry: NOT THE ART OF WAR, BUT ART AND WAR, by Robert C. Morgan, The Brooklyn Rail, December 2007-January 2008

 

 Robert Barry: NOT THE ART OF WAR, BUT ART AND WAR, by Robert C. Morgan, The Brooklyn Rail, December 2007-January 2008, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn

Robert Barry, Art and War, 2007
21 latex words, 12 inch letter height

Robert Barry is one of the most convincing conceptualists from the era of the late sixties and seventies. His word lists, wall and window pieces, his sound recordings, and DVD and slide projections, are focused on one central idea: language. Like an asterisk spinning through the void of space and time, Barry’s linguistic orientation traverses print and virtual imagery. Isolated words, laminated on the walls of various rooms in the gallery, move constantly in and out any coherent syntactical relationship giving the viewer the sense of experiencing a narrative in fragments…