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)

Winter Sparks – FACT Liverpool

Said to be exploring and blurring the line between art and science, Winter Sparks is the genuinely terrifying final show at FACT this year.  With its simple theme, limited number of artists and large space dedicated to few but enormous works, it acts as a polar opposite to many recent exhibitions in Liverpool that have crammed as much as they can into one space. All … Continue reading Winter Sparks – FACT Liverpool

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)

Tracing the Century – Tate Liverpool.

Drawing is perhaps the most universal of art forms.  With its tools being the most easily available and not restricted by price or practice, it seems to be the most welcoming and inviting of mediums.  With this in mind, it perhaps also explains why drawing often leads to some of the most interesting, subversive works and why it can change so much in contemporary art.  … Continue reading Tracing the Century – Tate Liverpool.

City States – Part 2 (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

Of all the cities in the exhibition, Incheon not only presents the most colourful and inviting display of work but is the most visually pleasing.  The work contrasts nicely with the dull (albeit interesting) aesthetic of the space and this clash works extremely well.  Seoung Won Won’s large G prints instantly brighten up the space and recall tropical habitats that seem almost fantasy like due … Continue reading City States – Part 2 (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

Herzog + Postgate = Fischli and Weiss? (Art Shaped Liverpool)

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)

City States 2012 – Liverpool Biennial (Part 1)

Heading up the battered stair case of Copperas Hill leads to a labyrinth exhibition of work that spreads so far over such a huge space, it seems an almost impossible task to see absolutely everything there which is worthy of merit.  The City States exhibition, in the words of the director of LJMU Arts school and future director of this building Juan Cruz, has a … Continue reading City States 2012 – Liverpool Biennial (Part 1)

Bloomberg New Contemporaries – Part 3 (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

Our final article looking into the huge New Contemporaries exhibition currently dominating the floor space of Copperas Hill will be looking at some of the work that is using mediums yet to be fully explored in these reviews.  The majority of the work here is of a sculptural nature (and occasionally video) which means the work makes more obvious uses of the huge space available … Continue reading Bloomberg New Contemporaries – Part 3 (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

The Unexpected Guest – The Cunard Building, Part 1 (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

The reviews of Liverpool Biennial so far for this site have often not bothered with works that have perhaps failed in their aims.  There has been some works of lesser quality in almost all of the exhibitions but it seems pointless to devote word space to them when a better way to let poor work disappear is to ignore it.  However, when viewing the work … Continue reading The Unexpected Guest – The Cunard Building, Part 1 (Liverpool Biennial 2012)