Greater Reality Of Elsewhere – Sinta Tantra (Swansea High Street)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Bloomberg New Contemporaries – Part 2 (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

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 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)

Bloomberg New Contemporaries – Part 1 (Liverpool Biennial)

Never before has so much art work been housed in one space as the Copperas Building which is housing the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, City States and more of The Unexpected Guest exhibition.  Due to the sheer amount of decent work on show in the building, reviews of each exhibition and work will be split into numerous articles to make sure that all the work gets … Continue reading Bloomberg New Contemporaries – Part 1 (Liverpool Biennial)

Video Interview With Professor Juan Cruz – Liverpool Biennial 2012.

Here’s a video interview with the director of LJMU School of Art, Juan Cruz. Cruz has been pivotal in this year’s Biennial with several different shows being showcased in the old Copperas Hill building which is now in the hands of LJMU. Cruz talks a lot about future development; an aspect which is refreshing when talking about Biennial work which so often focuses on the now … Continue reading Video Interview With Professor Juan Cruz – Liverpool Biennial 2012.

Sabelo Mlangeni – The Tea Factory (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)