An Interview with Robert Barry
21 Grant, Oakland, CA, Performance April 2003
In a recorded symposium in 1968, artist Robert Barry said "Nothing seems to me the most potent thing in the world." True to that simple thesis, Barry has developed a body of work that doesn't quite exist as painting, or sculpture, or installation, or sound. Although he denies any affiliation with conceptual art, curators, theorists and critics alike frequently label him a part of this milieu. Perhaps this is because Barry often chooses subjects for his work that are without objective form: Inert gasses, sentence fragments, telepathic messages, and radio waves.
On Sunday, January 18, 2:30pm, Sean Fletcher and I conducted a live interview with Robert Barry broadcast over local airwaves on 88.9 FM as part of the Neighborhood Public Radio project at 21 Grand gallery in Oakland, CA. We discussed Barry's radio projects as well as other matters both conceptual and political.