The Albany, Old Hall Street
14th September - 19th November 2006
Cube Noir housed at the Albany is currently showcasing five exhibitions
as part of the Independents Biennial 2006.
The opening exhibition Inaugural includes the work of representational
painters who are working, living or were born in the North West. Gareth
Kemp’s representation of Pope John Paul II opens the exhibition,
followed by the multilayered text and image series by Tim Ellis. This
level of complexity continues throughout the exhibition in Laird Galbraith’s
highly detailed canvases addressing issues such as identity and memory
and David Hancock‘s large-scale representations of modern urban
myths. Landscapes also feature highly, each artist taking a completely
different approach to this traditional theme. Paul Elliker’s simplistic
fictional landscapes inspired by children’s book illustrations and
school textbooks are a particular favourite. These directly contrast with
the work of Peter Edge, whose emotive panoramic landscapes capture the
essence of the places they depict, while Gina Ward’s cityscapes
illustrate the artists direct response to a chosen environment, created
on the spot and depicting various locations in Liverpool. The accompanying
narrative is extremely useful for many of these artists in order to fully
understand the complex nature of their work.
The work of Tim Ellis continues in further exhibition Cut For Confidence,
displaying the artist’s latest body of work. This series consists
of eight works which continue to address his central ideas surrounding
the relationship between fact and fiction, text and image in advertising,
each canvas depicting the front cover of a particular magazine –
‘Yesterday’s Magazines printed with last week’s news
a year in the future’.
Gareth Kemp has also scored himself a solo show in the form of Score
Draw inspired by football. These images were created by either drawing
on photographs which summed up the decade in which they were taken or
tackling the homo-erotic issues surrounding football which are so often
disregarded. Not exactly my cup of tea but well executed representations
highlighting an alternative aspect to the game.
McFaul and Love design studios created the fun and inviting Northwest
Passage, a cartoon-like mural of words and waves carrying you down the
passage and onto the final exhibition Soup Versus Gazpacho, with Susan
Gladwin’s wall mounted prisms offering a soupçon of things
ahead. This body of work has been produced by those working behind the
scenes in two of Liverpool’s major art institutions, Soup from Tate
Liverpool and Gazpacho from National Museums Liverpool. This role reversal
from worker to artist is barely noticeable, with a complete mishmash of
techniques, genres and inspirations creating an eclectic display.
Comment left by Paul Robinson on 25th March, 2007 at 23:03
Dear Sirs, is Cube Noir a permanent exhibition space or an event of artists. I would like to put a proposal forward to Cube Noir and would like some further information.
Regarda, Paul Robinson.