14 November, 2009

Liverpool Trip

A few of us from D&AD went to Liverpool on the 23rd October. It was alot of fun! First we visited the Liverpool Tate. The exhibitions on were: DLA Piper series: This is sculptu
re, Joyous machines: Micheal Landy and Jean Tanguely, Mark Rothko: The seagram murals. We only went round the sculpture exhibition which was set on two floors. We also went to The Walker Art Gallery to see the Bridget Wiley Flashback exhibition. Bridget Riley is one of Britain's most celebrated contemporary artists. Her paintings from the 1930's to present are dazzling black and white paintings of abstract shapes made a strong visual impact. 

Some work that catched my eye was by Daniel Spoerri called his relief works tableaux-pi├Ęges (picture-traps), because they involved fixing or 'snaring' objects found in chance positions on table tops or in drawers. These were hung vertically on a wall, like conventional pictures, and were intended to create visual discomfort in the viewer. In this work, the remains of a meal are preserved on a wooden board that the artist used as a table while living in a small room in a Paris hotel. 

Condition of women 1960 by Arman Fernandez. The objects in this piece are from his first wife's bathroom and are mounted on an ornamental base from his father's antique shop. Objects of intimate personal use have been selected precisely because of their base quality, and are literally 'elevated' on a plinth to become art which up close is fascinating to look at.

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