The Deep Tub and Other Stories
Polished T, Parr Street
21st June 2006
Polished T Gallery in Parr Street (off Wolstenholme Square) is a venue
that embraces art from every corner of the world, and most recently it
has been the domain for Ben Katchor - a comic artist who works and resides
in New York.
In parallel with ‘Architect Week’, Katchor crossed the pond
to come and deliver his ‘comic strip readings’, all of which
hinted at construction, manufacture, apportionment, apartment, design,
co-ordination and all such nooks and crevices that correspond to architecture.
By way of antiquated and vintage slide show with accompanying monologue
(which at times was rather monotone), the small audience was transported
to a metropolis caricature world of subtle satire at the daftness and
dottiness of the human being. The seemingly long and winding maze of story
came across in portioned chunks of individual idiosyncrasies. Each mini
tale concluded with a delicate and suggestive moral which drew an appreciative
chuckle from the gathering. If absolute attention was not paid from the
outset, the wit, folly and irony was then easily lost and in some part,
as the flat and plodding vocal delivery caused loss of concentration for
On the whole, this body of artistic and intellectually creative storyboarding
was interesting and is worth its placement in Liverpool, especially with
the city’s current state of regeneration.