Presented by Mercy and Fiction
Arena Gallery 6 - 28 November, 12.00am -7.00pm every day except Monday
One of the last exhibitions to open as part of the 2004 Biennial )Bracket
THIS( is a show dedicated to artists working in the city whose ideas have
been inspired by the city. “Exploring the inter-connections, juxtapositions
kisses and hisses that exist between artists in Liverpool”.
The exhibition is an expansion of the mercy project, originally founded
by a group of skint John Moores graphic arts graduates as a means to get
the work into the public eye “by any means necessary”, and
produces the mercy magazine, a monthly fanzine style satirical magazine
full of new design, underground listings and irreverent writing. They
were also responsible for the “I AM CULTURE” badges seen everywhere.
The group has expanded to include artists of all kinds, writers, performers,
musicians and promoters and has come to national attention warranting
a mention in Dazed and Confused amongst others. Having been largely left
out at the last biennial they decided to stage their own exhibition this
The small space at the Arena gallery is absolutely crammed floor-to-ceiling
with works so that your eye is darting around trying to take it all in,
but it does provide an antidote to the usual blank white wall space in
art galleries. There is the usual mix of different media you expect in
any exhibition these days from the paintings of Julie Jones to the constantly
updated sound installation, different everyday of the exhibition.
There was no set theme for the exhibition, only the artists be inspired
by Liverpool, one of the most obvious examples of this is Nick Kendall’s
photography of some of the more tatty areas of the city, something that
will be increasingly hard to find as it is “regenerated”.
Other stand out works include Jonathan Greenbank’s collage of notes
from prostitutes he found on the street and Nigel Christs junk robots
which are soon to be used in a new animated film from the team that make
the music video’s for the coral and the zutons.
This exhibition does what it supposed to, show that there is plenty of
independent artistic talent in Liverpool, doing it’s own thing with
an admirable lack of pretentiousness.
Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday there are events at the gallery to
coincide with the exhibition including music and readings and the organiser’s
encourage visitors to bring there own works to the gallery as they are
constructing the next issue of mercy as the exhibition goes on.