Forest (Short Film) and A Screaming Breeze (Book).

For some time now I have been involved in a collaborative arts project with local illustrator and artist Katie Craven.  Before the first stage of the project could be unleashed onto the unsuspecting public, the project collapsed in on itself thanks to a Belgian art gallery among other things.  To show just how close it got to being finished, there’s even a stop press advert … Continue reading Forest (Short Film) and A Screaming Breeze (Book).

Art Turning Left – How Values Changed Making 1789-2013 (Tate Liverpool).

Looking at an amalgamation of political ideas can be disorientating at the best of times. Trying to encompass a whole, global set of standard ideologies is ambitious but dizzyingly incomprehensible for one singular gallery space. Art Turning Left at Tate Liverpool aims to look at the, often naively inversed, relationship between the effects of left-wing ideologies on the practice and reception of artists of all … Continue reading Art Turning Left – How Values Changed Making 1789-2013 (Tate Liverpool).

Diary (2010) – Tim Hetherington (Open Eye Gallery).

An exhibition of Tim Hetherington’s excellent, emotionally charged photography work is currently on display at Open Eye Gallery. Whereas a whole exhibition of high standard work would usually warrant an long, blow-by-blow review, there is a piece currently on display there that not only sums up the whole show but also requires a full and proper write-up all of its own. The piece is a … Continue reading Diary (2010) – Tim Hetherington (Open Eye Gallery).

Glam! The Performance Of Style (Tate Liverpool)

Feel the giddy heights of creative excess.  Something that is completely impermeable as a concept becomes physically tangible, visual and audible in Tate’s latest exhibition; the boundaries of taste and of reserve hiding quietly in the corner where they belong while Bowie and Bolan take the centre of stage.  All mediums, forms and ideas are merged into one, not to express a basic theme as … Continue reading Glam! The Performance Of Style (Tate Liverpool)

A Lecture Upon The Shadow + E. Chambre Hardman: Landscapes (Open Eye Gallery)

It seems an obvious choice for a photography exhibition to focus on the elements of light and shadow.  These are two of the main factors that affect the perceived quality of a photograph yet, as a creative theme, it works as a brilliant starting point for A Lecture Upon The Shadow.  Taking six artists from both the North West and Shanghai, the exhibition hints at … Continue reading A Lecture Upon The Shadow + E. Chambre Hardman: Landscapes (Open Eye Gallery)

A Universal Archive – William Kentridge As Printmaker (The Bluecoat, Liverpool)

When viewing the recent Tracing the Century exhibition at Tate Liverpool, one of the real standout pieces were three video installations by South African artist William Kentridge.  For those after more of those dark and foreboding prints, The Bluecoat have amassed an excellent collection of his artwork and prints; a collection so big that the entire of their exhibition space is dedicated to his work. … Continue reading A Universal Archive – William Kentridge As Printmaker (The Bluecoat, Liverpool)

City States – Part 3 (Liverpool Biennial 2012 + Roundup)

There are many pieces of work that get swamped in this year’s City States.  In the final article looking at the exhibition and the festival as a whole, this will become clearer as many pieces and even whole cities are missed out from this write up. Along with Incheon, two other strong cities in this year’ show are from East Asia.  Hong Kong and Taipei … Continue reading City States – Part 3 (Liverpool Biennial 2012 + Roundup)

The Unexpected Guest – FACT (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

The more playful aspects of the work on show at FACT for The Unexpected Guest should completely disarm even the sternest and most serious of critics.  That’s not to say the work in general isn’t serious but the more successful works on show have a gleam of charm around them which takes to task some of the more stuffy aspects of art and, more importantly, … Continue reading The Unexpected Guest – FACT (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

Cave Art Fair – Liverpool (13th -16th of September)

An art fair with artists in mind; such an absurdly simple idea that it’s astounding that it isn’t the norm.  Though September will be dominated by the wonder and spectacle of free public art courtesy of the ever innovative Liverpool Biennial, September also sees the first of a new model of art fair in the form of Cave. Flis Mitchell and Kevin Hunt of The … Continue reading Cave Art Fair – Liverpool (13th -16th of September)

Galapagos Exhibition – The Bluecoat (Liverpool)

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)