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).
This article was written at 3AM in the morning on the 28th of October. It’s dark outside. A few hours ago I was at an exhibition with a running theme of ideas that manifest at 3AM in the morning. Strangely, the solitude of writing at 3AM isn’t something new but the exhibition at Bluecoat aims to provoke such thoughts that occur during this time. Of … Continue reading 3AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night – The Bluecoat (Liverpool).
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).
There are few artists that sum up the monumental changes and events of the last century quite as succinctly as Marc Chagall. There have of course been artists to define events and define eras but Chagall’s consistency and unprecedented long life (living to the astronomical age for an artist of the era of 98) seem to lend him a certain advantage, especially in showing the … Continue reading Chagall, Modern Master – Tate Liverpool.
The word portfolio might imply that the latest exhibition at The Bluecoat is quite a simple collection of work. The dreaded P word, ever the bane of the developing artist, might hint that Portfolio NW is the lucky chance for a number of up and coming artists to finally have their work shown in a more public-centred gallery. From reading Jack Welsh’s excellent accompanying notes … Continue reading Portfolio NW – The Bluecoat (Liverpool).
New Fictions showcases nine young artists looking to create and highlight the lack of questioning and assumptions made within the roles of art. Representation seems to be key to this idea, allowing a whole host of different mediums to be playfully ironic in subtly subverting the norms of presenting art work. The fiction that is new in question assumes that a fiction is automatic within … Continue reading New Fictions – Fallout Factory (Liverpool)
A deep look at the process of creating is an interesting basis for curation. Process appears to be vital for contemporary art but is rarely touched upon within a more classical body of work. The process is taken as given with the obvious high level of skill on show but rarely does this translate into the raw thought that actually goes into the planning of … Continue reading The Drawings of Edward Burne-Jones – Lady Lever Art Gallery.
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.
Mishka Henner appears to be a photographer that seeks out new meanings within culture and already defined norms; seeking out these new perspectives by literally looking at them from a geographically different view point. His work is of an extremely modern nature, very obviously influenced by the age of globalisation and force-fed by internet and digital culture. The images are literally bursting with allegory, desperate … Continue reading Mishka Henner + Edith Tudor-Hart – Open Eye Gallery.
The question of what exactly can be classed as art is one that is becoming increasingly dominant a topic in our post Brit-Art age. While this is often explored within specific works by artists, it is unusual to find an artist laying claim to an object’s greater meaning when the said object isn’t created by them. Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey, has created an exhibition … Continue reading The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things – The Bluecoat (Mark Leckey).