2nd February - 14th April 2013
I went with a friend to the preview night of fifty new works of recent
acquisitions. It was strange walking through the dark galleries of masterpieces
to the bright airy space of Contemporary Art. The first thing that drew
our attention was an exhibition by Jonathan Froud called 'Shark The Soup’
(1984), which is two cases on top of each other with shard glass positioned
as a floating shark on a sea bed of glass. He uses material which is inflexible.
It was quite clever and very apt for Liverpool being a seaport but as
yet I have seen no sharks!!!
Then we came across a small room which has a continuous four minute loop
by Nancy Davenport (2004) of workers leaving the Jaguar factory. There
is a surveillance camera on a workers car bumper which goes extremely
fast and makes you feel quite sickly. This wasn’t filmed at Halewood
and I believe it is in homage to two cult films from the 1970s but doesn’t
tell you which films. The pictures in the room are of Jaguar workers which
we found more interesting.
Upstairs at the top of the staircase is a wedding dress made of human
hair and nylon by Thelma Madine and Ryan Edwards (2011) stylists at hair
salon Voodou. It took eight dressmakers 300 hours over three months with
12 petticoats, 1,200 crystals and 250 metres of hair extensions. The weight
is equivalent to 16 large bags of sugar. We thought it looked very itchy
and something like Lady Gaga would wear.
Finally Yoko Ono’s Liverpool Skyladders (2008) which was featured
at the Liverpool Biennial at St Lukes Church where members of the public
brought along their donated ladders. The ladders are supposed to be a
representation to take you closer to the sky. I don’t know about
getting nearer to the sky as you would break your leg on a few as they
are tied with string.
As there are fifty works I have just picked out a few. You would need
a full day to look round, and a lot of reading of the narratives on the
wall, to understand some of the exhibits. I guess contemporary art does
challenge you and, as it’s at the Walker, it saves you getting windswept
going to the Tate Gallery!
Comment left by Pauline Allsopp on 6th February, 2013 at 18:18
Love the review and humerous quips. See you soon for more entertaining outings to comment on! x