Sculpture Prize Exhibition
14th August - 25th September 2010
The National Sculpture Prize 2010 is about giving sculpture in Liverpool
a platform on a national level. It arose from discussions with sponsor
John Malthouse about the need to include 3D work within the broad framework
of Liverpool's Biennial celebrations.
The second instalment of this competition - created by the Bluecoat Display
Centre to hunt out innovative artists at any stage of their careers -
follows the success of the inaugural event in 2008. The six shortlisted
artists are eligible for a £1,000 cash prize, and all currently
have their work on display in the gallery. The winner of the cash prize
will be announced on Friday 10th September.
This is a fascinating, eclectic collection which is well worth a visit.
Nicolas Moreton's giant stone structure (above) fronts the show, looking
like a huge egg from a prehistoric creature - until, on closer inspection,
one sees the immense amount of meticulous attention and labour which has
gone into the creation of this monolith. Unusually, the artist encourages
visitors to touch the work and closely inspect the subtle lighting (which
also heats the piece), changing its appearance at different times of day.
In complete contrast, Caren Hartley's intriguing collection of ostensibly
household items utilises forms which look familiar but creates them from
unexpected materials. Glasses made of wax or bronze teeter on slender,
extended stems or bend and tip uncertainly, rendering the homely somewhat
sinister and disturbing.
Continuing the theme of apparently functional objects that confuse and
question is Maya Selway's precious metal bowl which appears to be designed
for use, and is influenced by Japanese ceramic and lacquered art.
All of the works exhibited here express unique viewpoints which succeed
in defying obvious comparisons.
This competition is a groundbreaking step for Liverpool. There is a 'People’s
Choice Award' in which visitors can make their personal choice. Don't
miss the chance to see this unique selection of works, and have your say.
The six shortlisted artists are: Katriona Beales, Caren Hartley, Nicholas
Lees, Nicolas Moreton, Mari-Ruth Oda and Maya Selway.