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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
Photography plays a vital role in this year’s Biennial. The medium dominates many of the major venues including Tate Liverpool, Bluecoat and The Cunard Building. Being Liverpool’s main (and quite possibly only) art enthused photography gallery, it seems that Open Eye Gallery is faced with some strong competition at this year’s festival. This has no doubt raised its game and its contribution to The Unexpected … Continue reading The Unexpected Guest – Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool Biennial 2012)
This year’s hub of Biennial activity largely seems to flow towards The Bluecoat arts centre. With its visitor hub being housed in the space’s reception, which is now haven for art enthusiasts as well as volunteers eager for their expenses, there’s a buzz around the usually tranquil area that is addictive and fitting to the Biennial’s theme this year. Even before entering the main exhibition … Continue reading The Unexpected Guest – The Bluecoat (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
The Monro pub on Duke Street has an atmosphere akin to the world of M.R James; a friendly and inviting place with just a hint of menace. James often built this idea into his haunting short stories where ghosts became the ultimate unexpected guest to the antiquarian professors and scholars that were visited. The three works of art housed in The Monro all display these … Continue reading The Monro – Liverpool Biennial 2012