, Mathew Street
(29th September - 10th November 2006, Tue-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat 10.30am
Richard Ashworth, Nicole Bartos, Barry Cooper, Jayne Hannay, Elizabeth
Hodgkinson, Sharon Mutch, Nagachoo, Sarah Nicholson, Mieko Noguchi
Liverpool has always embraced and celebrated Far Eastern influences,
particularly when it comes to the arts. This new group exhibition, curated
by Nicole Bartos, illustrates this, featuring work by Japanese and Liverpool-based
artists. Given only a small space to work with, the curator must be commended
for fitting in the work of nine artists without compromising the effect
of any one of them.
As the title suggests, fire and its aftermath are prominent themes. Richard
Ashworth has contributed a piece comprised of burnt matches and Nagachoo
has chipped in with a style of wood burning known as pyrography. Elizabeth
Hodgkinson gets in touch with her destructive side by setting artworks
alight and the curator herself has included a work of her own involving
the aesthetic of melted wax.
Local artist Barry Cooper and Mieko Noguchi add a touch of glass to the
show. Noguchi’s beautifully sculpted glass items - a visual representation
of the mind landscape - are quite a spectacle when they catch the sunlight.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is Jayne Hannay’s fragile white
porcelain pieces, which are suspended from the ceiling. Space and light
are important concerns in the work; the translucency of the porcelain
represents both. Connotations of retro design are expressed while retaining
organic properties of the clay.
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Comment left by Nicole on 12th December, 2006 at 19:01
Many thanks for the exhibition review, I wasn't aware that existed; I'm very much obliged.