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.
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)
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 relationship between photographer and subject has been the go to for a handful of the work aiming to interpret and question the theme of hospitality. One of the more subtle of these excursions can be found in The Tea Factory; one venue entirely dedicated to the photographic work of South African artist Sabelo Mlangeni. The empty and desolate space is devoid of colour, exactly … Continue reading Sabelo Mlangeni – The Tea Factory (Liverpool Biennial 2012)
Doug Aitken’s video work has always had a sense of scale meaning that it has a natural affiliation to huge pieces of modern architecture and buildings. They have in the past snaked their way around buildings and installs, making use of the space around them and allowing the video work to spark a new relationship with ordinary passersby as well as art aficionados. His work … Continue reading The Source by Doug Aitken – Tate (Liverpool Biennial 2012)
A video interview with artist Sinta Tantra. I’ve helped install her work before and was lucky enough to talk to her in depth about her work for this year’s Biennial which covers the walls of Open Eye Gallery on the waterfront. It’s a beautifully colourful work and works well the jagged, disjointed architecture. Music is from the soundtrack to In The Mood For Love; a … Continue reading Video Interview With Sinta Tantra – Liverpool Biennial 2012
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)