Chiswick House Artist Features In Major Pink Floyd Retrospective

Barry Martin spoke about his work at the Victoria and Albert Museum


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Barry Martin , artist-in-residence at Chiswick House and Gardens has been extremely busy lately with a number of prestigious events, including appearing at one of the most successful exhibitions at the V&A in Kensington.

Barry recently shared the stage with Pink Floyd at the museum symposium 'Floyd at 50', along with seven other speakers including Nick Mason, Pink Floyd's drummer. Barry spoke about his '60's patented moving lights and geodesic domes in Chelsea in the 1960's and his talk was warmly received by the appreciative audiance.

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He also has a further connection with the V & A through his work included in the current ,'You Say You Want Revolution, Records and Rebels, 1966-1970', which is on a world tour until 2022, including Canada and Japan.

The title of Barry's work, is You will, you are, you have'. The exhibition explores the era through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century, alongside fashion, film, design and political activism. His work in the exhibition is about movement under certain conditions, involving sensory deprivation, which he made in 1966 at St. Martin's School of Art, Fellow students and staff involved included Richard Long, George Pasmore,(Gilbert and George), and others well known in the artistic world.

Barry Martin became the most versatile and prolific British exponent of Kinetic Art in London in the Swinging Sixties and early 190s. Kinetic Art offered a European alternative to the Anglo-American options of Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism.

He is also currently exhibiting in The Yorkshire Sculpture Park's exhibition, Occasional Geometries' which has just opened and continues until the end of October.

barry martin in front of Chiswick House

Barry Martin outside Chiswick House

And he has also just completed a chapter for a forthcoming book publication for The Royal
College of Art due to be published early next year on the theme of the 'Future'.

Barry is based at a studio in the South Lodge, Chiswick House, which he restored over a period of years in the late 1980s, and he also mentors architectural students who come to Chiswick House as part of their studies.


August 12, 2017

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