Thursday, 11 November 2010

Liverpool Biennial

Spending a day wondering around Liverpool, somewhere i thought i knew quite a lot about now, made me aware there was a lot i had yet to discover! Following the Biennial map around town i started at the Walker Art Gallery viewing the John Moores Painting Prize. There were some interesting paintings exhibited, one of which was by George Sherlock 'Polycrylic Decades' 2009. This was acrylic paint onto polythene, creating a very textured, abstract painting.
I then headed to the Visitors Centre where i was first confronted with some VERY bizzar videos!
From here i went to FACT to see the documentation on the one year performance piece by Teching Hsich. From the 11 April 1980 to the 11t April 1981 the artist took a photograph of him self every hour every single day of the year, only missing out a few photographs.

Wondering around town, trying to find this suspended building...

Being let into the small chapel next to the Anglican Cathedral enabled me to get a decent picture of Tracey Emins 'The Roman Standard' before heading inside to see 'The Temple of a Thousand Bells' by Laura Belem. This piece was very calming and tranquil, with dull lighting, mostly from the natural light which i assume would changed due to the weather, creating different effects. Also there was sound with this piece, sounds of the glass bells and readings in a male voice.

The last place i visited was A Foundation to see the performance piece by Sachiko Abe, 'Cut Paper'. This was by far my favorite piece of the day, mainly because i am very interested in the delicateness of paper, and here she has cut countless sheets of paper so fine they have taken on a totally different form to the original piece of paper. from where she was sat above the ground, she was create in a continuous waterfall of paper, the displaying it across the large space, rising up to a point in the middle of the room.
There were other works by Abe, clouds of cut paper in a tiny box room, fall above your head of you walk in, an drawings by the artist also.

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