Thursday, January 12

Liverpool







Images, Luis Camnitzer Sentances 1966, Julian Opie You see an office building. 4 1996, Donald Judd, Untitled 1973, Jackson Pollock Number 14 1951, Sophie Woodrow Shell, Liverpool Cathedral 2012

Having not been to Liverpool since 2010's Design Festival, I thought it high time for a visit.

First stop, Tate Liverpool, 'DLA Piper Series: this is sculpture'. This proved to be a great exhibition, in particular the exhibit co curated by poet laureate Carol Anne Duffy. Personally this exhibit highlighted some artists that I always find inspiring, including Jenny Holzer, Julian Opie and Luis Camnitzer.

Juilan Opie's 'you see an office building.4' 1996 is just a pleasure, it is both a 2d and a 3d object, a graphic sculpture, childlike and oversized.

Seduced by Luis Camnitzier's 'sentences' 1996, I was enthralled by their size and detail, frustrated that these little metal boxes were beyond my reach in a display case, but I think that this distance made them all the more enticing.

Other works that drew me throughout : this is sculpture included Donald Judd's 'untitled' 1973. This wall mounted copper sculpture, demonstrates his wish to remove all evidence of the artists hands. This was an aesthetically attractive piece and I found myself intrigued, it made me question the artist or makers role in the making process. I struggle with this concept of removing the artists hands, it blurs the boundaries of the artist and the designer, is it not design if the final outcome is a sculpture, must design be functional? Surely design is a simply a process?

I think it may be time to dig into my design theory books!

Jackson Pollocks 'Number 14' was a lovely piece to sew as I have not seen any figurative pieces before, and for me this was a much more sensual piece and as a whole, attractive with strong black strokes on a warm parcel brown background.

Tate Liverpool was an interesting experience, the garish colours of the gallery spaces actually induced a headache [think pink, teal and yellow] but the spaces held some thought provoking pieces. Though my head took offence to the colour scheme I thoroughly enjoyed the contrast when passing windows that revealed a murky day in merseyside against the vibrant teal walls!

Later, I headed to the Bluecoat Display Centre's craft shop, and was intrigued by Sophie Woodrow's ceramics. Whimsical the point of scary, they cheered me on a bleak day!

Finally a quick poke around the Anglican cathedral, such a huuuuge space, I was left with mixed feelings of a space with no in betweens. A vast space with the most appealing small space, the lady chapel hidden at the back. I was also a bit repulsed by the tourist aspect, I think that's just snobbery on my part, being used to meandering around churches since my childhood I just don't like shiny led screens in them!