An exhibition celebrating the ten year anniversary of Liverpool's unique
|Arthur Roberts' Summer 2014 (Thin Red Line)||Photo by Colin Serjent|
The current exhibition is, by its nature, somewhat eclectic, reflecting, as it must, a lengthy period in a fast-changing art world. It is impressive to see that as well as the many talented local artists have work featured here, many 'big hitters' have also chosen to take part. It is all an accolade to the high standards of the gallery.
Jason Jones, the curator, believes that the success of the gallery is due to artists, guest curators, art collectors and art loving-visitors. However there is one person whose, energy, enthusiasm and drive have kept this space alive during the period, and that is Jason Jones. How he managed to persuade some to come to this northerly corner no-one may ever know; however, those who did always seemed delighted to have done so afterwards.
'Ten' features works priced from a moderate £60 up to £1200. The work varies from paintings in acrylic or oils on board or canvas, or watercolours on paper; from landscapes to abstracts to portraits. There are mixed media assemblages, photographs, ceramic items, metal, fabric and leather elements and ink drawings. In short, the subject matter, media, size et al reflect the diversity of what the gallery has shown in the last ten years.
To mention just a few of the many worthy of it, there are Rachel Sweeney's impressively detailed neo-realist miniature photographs, 2 of a series of 33 entitled 'Body Topographies'. Staying in the genre, McCoy Wynne's 'Gulls 2' , a long exposure photograph, blurs artistic boundaries by looking much more like a painting.
Again confusing the eye is Bryan Bigg's impressive 'Gridlocked', appearing like anything but the screen print labelled - an ink line drawing, etching or even lino print, perhaps, it's subject matter is intriguing and disturbing.
John M Morrison's 'Lost Tribe', reminiscent of a Chinese abstract painting using gold leaf, is imbued with a sense of history. Arthur Roberts' intriguingly titled 'Summer' is a Riley-esque intricacy of parallel monochrome lines with just one red placed carefully among them, it is understandable one of the more expensive pieces to buy.
This is a wonderful exhibition featuring 67 pieces of work in all. It is well worth the journey there to look at the pieces, the building, the gallery space, and to just take in the atmosphere - and admire the achievement to date.
The Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus,
17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP
Contact : 0151 291 3997, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition opening times : Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm. Admission Free.