While Ai Weiwei’s work with pots represent the artist’s more accessible work, there’s something about his actions and decisions with the, often expensive and historically relevant, pots that seem weirdly cinematic. This isn’t to say that they look like something out of a film (though actually they could easily work as something surreal given the right audience) but that the ideologies behind the works have … Continue reading Ai Weiwei’s Pots and Jean-Luc Godard’s Celluloid.
As part of an initiative called Art Across The High Street, funding is being used to create accessible art works in public spaces while also addressing some of the visual horrors that have scarred the high streets of Swansea town from poor architectural decisions. The first of these public works is by artist Sinta Tantra whose work was displayed as part of the 2012 Liverpool … Continue reading Greater Reality Of Elsewhere – Sinta Tantra (Swansea High Street)
Recently I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with a new project company in Liverpool called Art Shaped. The article below is a response to viewing The Right Way by Fischli and Weiss which was especially imported from a gallery in Switzerland. The project produced a zine which is where this article can be originally found and was given out at the screening. Along with other articles, … Continue reading Herzog + Postgate = Fischli and Weiss? (Art Shaped Liverpool)
The melting pot of influences that come into making art are more honestly bore in the work of artists in their early stages. Continuing a look at the work in the New Contemporaries exhibition housed in Copperas Hill, these influences and likenesses seem unavoidable but pleasing to interpret (whether correct or not). Nicola Frimpong’s collection of untitled watercolours, present a violent sexuality through a filter … Continue reading Bloomberg New Contemporaries – Part 2 (Liverpool Biennial 2012)
The Monro pub on Duke Street has an atmosphere akin to the world of M.R James; a friendly and inviting place with just a hint of menace. James often built this idea into his haunting short stories where ghosts became the ultimate unexpected guest to the antiquarian professors and scholars that were visited. The three works of art housed in The Monro all display these … Continue reading The Monro – Liverpool Biennial 2012
The aging process currently seems to be a recurrent theme throughout the Tate gallery in Albert Dock. Even outside the new Turner Monet Twombly exhibit, the acceptance and emotional resonance around coming to terms with older age and death is present in many of the works by various artists throughout different mediums and eras. Of course this isn’t the only connecting factor of the artists … Continue reading Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings (Tate Liverpool)
The urge to fly is something deeply routed in the human psyche; the impossible feat that infuriates and perplexes our imaginations as well as stirs creativity in all areas of life whether it be science, design or art. The third Biennial, held in the beautiful surroundings of Tatton Park, takes this idea as its starting point to deliver twenty innovative and evocative new commissions built … Continue reading The Tatton Park Biennial 2012.
Galápagos is group of islands steeped in natural history, beautiful habitat and is a literal stepping-stone in the mind of Darwin leading to the development of probably the most important scientific theory of the last two hundred years. In recent years this environment has had to adapt to the growing tourism and popularity of the location as well as an increasing population, so the balancing … Continue reading Galapagos Exhibition – The Bluecoat (Liverpool)
Evocation of an era can be a tricky ideal to achieve in a gallery space. With the potential for works to repeat themselves and end up stale, trying to define a time and perhaps even a place through curation seems like a monumental balancing act to achieve. The new DLA Piper Series; Innocence and Experience proves this is a positive possibility and the exhibition drips with a … Continue reading DLA Piper Series Curated by Marianne Faithfull – Tate Liverpool
Last week saw the media launch of the seventh Liverpool Biennial Arts Festival with the creative team announcing the new theme, artists exhibiting and venues set to be showcased in the coming month’s art extravaganza. With creative director Lewis Biggs stepping down from the his post last Biennial, this year sees a new creative force for the festival in the form of Sally Tallant, the … Continue reading Liverpool Biennial 2012 Media Launch.