Sometimes Liverpool reminds me how active it is with contemporary arts festivals. LightNight is an annual free event where for one-night only recognised galleries and museums, combined with local an independent pop-ups celebrate arts and culture. Perhaps more inclusive than my experience of the Liverpool Biennial, here more than 100 organisations join together to create a free-flow of talks, workshops, performance, live music, etc.Read More
Admittedly Illuminating the Wilderness, a film and installation exhibition on the top floor of Tate Liverpool initially does not have a specific relevance to photography. The film is a collaboration with Project Art Works, focusing on people who are highly sensitive to the sensory stimuli of the world and have have complex needs. However the accompanying installation is an evolving piece that starts off as a series of hanging rolls of plain paper which are expressed upon through a series of workshops in the gallery by participating groups from Social Care organisations across Merseyside, culminating in a unique piece of work relevant to its space and place.Read More
After a successful exhibition at The Bluecoat in Liverpool last year, artist Emma Smith returned to the North West of England for a repeated presentation of her work Euphonia, together with a new piece, 5Hz at HOME, Manchester.
Smith’s practice centres around human connectivity. She creates site-specific works, a subject of interest for me in BoW based on a period of research and production with a diverse group of “…academics, professionals and hobbyists and drawing on the fields of anthropology, history, psychology, neurology, physics and biology.” (Smith, no date).Read More
Liverpool’s Biennial is now in its 10th edition which is positive in establishing its position on the arts and culture calendar for the city. Although the predictability of its venues and limited amount of prospects for local artists does make it occasionally alienating for the community. It certainly doesn't have the vibe of the Documenta in Kassel, Germany. Which might be an extreme example. But while Kassel is taken over by international artists and tourists there remains a cultural inclusion with its inhabitants that I don’t recognise as much here. Attending the kick-off of the fringe event Independents Biennial back in April there was a collective frustration of people left to squabble over nominal funds and a couple of venues delegated after an arduous box-ticking exercise.Read More
It is not possible to overstate the value of this exhibition in the timing of my entry into L3. I visited Shape of Light at the Tate Modern just prior to enrolling and the exhibition helped to articulate my artist statement and intention for CS. I had the discovery of recognising many influential works of the Korean photographers I have researched and admired the last years. And so compressing this into an exhibition review would not be realistic. What I will do here is discuss the exhibition on its own merit with a separate intention to isolate connections I made from the exhibition in later posts which can form the basis of my research into CS.Read More
Walking around the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) it is hard not to be guilty of a little envy being present amongst the impressive work of Edward Burtynksy. Who has for some photographers and aspirants, a dream job. Not only as a successful photographic artist, but as the founder of Toronto Image Works, a darkroom (now also digital print lab) which ensures the technical standards of his own prints are met along with those who wish to achieve the same. Like several other high end photographers he receives criticism aestheticising climate change and for commercial print sales of social issues, it cannot be said however that Burtynsky doesn’t reinvest into the medium that has brought him success.Read More
Following up on a previous exhibition visit earlier this month at the CFCCA (Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art) in Manchester. Aquatopia approaches current concerns about ecosystems related to the flow and use of water. Various artists from China, Hong Kong and the UK contribute to the multidisciplinary installation that seeks to address climate change, consumption and pollution.Read More