Julie Anderson, Joe Bramall, Karen Henley, Pam Holstein, Sarah Richards,
L.Issue Gallery, Urban Coffee Lounge, Smithdown Road
3rd March - 1st May 2006
If you like your art with a cup of tea and a slice of cake then the ‘Relentless
Forms’ group show - displayed on the walls of the Urban Coffee Arts
Lounge - is for you. Relax on the numerous sofas while tucking into a
lovely piece of homemade cheesecake, and take in ink drawings, oil paintings
and pencil sketches.
A collection of three ink drawings from artist Julie Anderson can be
seen on the sidewall of the main coffee lounge. They depict three scary
looking faces, one of a baby with fangs and clockwork orange style make-up
and a haggard lady with pencils protruding from her nose and ears. The
work’s sinister appeal may be explained by Anderson’s turbulent
life. She says: “Through my work I explore feelings of loneliness,
isolation, exclusion and fear that I have experienced through my personal
and working life.” She speaks specifically of the death of the mother
and the breakdown of her marriage.
On the back wall of the main lounge, Sarah Richards displays three large
oil on canvas pieces. The large melancholy faces are covered with swirls
of emotive colours that seem to protrude into the room. Though they perhaps
aren’t the type of artwork you would want on your wall, they do
explore the depth of the human face. The works seem to suggest that though
a face may appear calm there can be a great deal happening beneath the
Alina Vila presents some pleasant Monet-style Liverpool scenes in the
back room. There are some weaker works, namely those pieces by Karen Henley.
These works - apart from the child-like stylistic form - instil nothing
more then apathy.
Visit this exhibition when you are in need of food for the stomach as
well as food for the soul.