Red Dot Exhibitions
School of Art & Design, 68 Hope Street
22nd November – 2nd December 2005 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Over the last eighteen months, Red Dot have achieved on a shoestring
what many publicly-funded galleries in the city have failed to do –
put on consistently interesting exhibitions. Their latest effort –
‘Spellbound’ – is one more example of this pattern.
John O’Neill should be well known to Nerve readers, having provided
the breathtaking backdrops for our last two covers. Those paintings –
‘Clown Hospital’ and ‘Summit of Despair’ are shown
here, as is ‘Paradise Lost’ – a furious rendering of
the corner of Paradise Street and its permanently red traffic lights that
is scratched through with a bleak fury.
The work of Michelle Burrows has also impressed me greatly in the past
, and with ‘Gormley’ she has continued to do so here. She
leaves Antony Gormley’s cast iron figures behind on Crosby beach,
her photo is tinted with acid colours and draped in a spider’s web.
Sue Milburn has created two very abstract canvases which dominate one
side of the gallery, imposing themselves upon the viewer and demanding
attention. In ‘I’ve Forgotten’, vertical stripes of
colour gradually give way to a daunting blackness, whereas ‘Not
So Anymore’ sees great big waves of blue sweep all souls up in their
vigor and animation.
If that’s not enough then Ken Ashton, Leon Jakeman, Colin Serjent
and Claire Stringer also contribute some intriguing pieces to what is
yet another must see exhibition from the team.