Portfolio NW – The Bluecoat (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).

The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things – The Bluecoat (Mark Leckey).

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).

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)

The Unexpected Guest – The Bluecoat (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).

Niet Normaal – Difference and Display (The Bluecoat, Liverpool)

In partnership with DaDaFest, The Bluecoat’s latest exhibition, Niet Normaal- Difference and Display, is a perfect examination into the two way door that the usage of language can be.  Using work from 24 artists, including some newly commissioned work especially for the exhibition, Niet Normal questions who really decides what is classed as normal and the darker aspects behind why this is. Javier Tellez’s remake … Continue reading Niet Normaal – Difference and Display (The Bluecoat, Liverpool)

Gina Czarnecki Retrospective – The Bluecoat, Liverpool.

Though the retrospective of Gina Czarnecki’s work at The Bluecoat finished recently after a successful stint in the gallery space of the Metropolis like building for the arts, the work has the effect on the viewer of simply refusing to leave, so it demands a write up.  Mixing many different medias and visual ideas, the exhibition looked through a clinical lens at biological issues that … Continue reading Gina Czarnecki Retrospective – The Bluecoat, Liverpool.