Art Exhibition

Simon Mack
The Gallery, Stanhope Street
3rd-16th July 2010

Reviewed by Amanda DeAngeles

Congratulations to Simon Mack and curators at The Gallery, Stanhope Street, Liverpool.

0-10 Primarni Nation is a precise socio-political commentary of the naughties to present date. Flashy humour is found amid ostentatious bling; silver high heels teeter atop rungs of a stepladder. Pacifiers sprayed solid are abandoned, sparkling. Tiny toy soldiers shine with insignificance while power looms above where guns tethered with tinsel are hung.

Aerosol paints, stencils, found items and gaffa tape, seal this solo exhibition from all angles.

In his mixed-media fantasy display, Mack prompts recognition of consumerism, insanity of current order; percentages of propaganda and chaos-wonder of value - dropped as pennies framed in the shape of a crucifix.

Art previews such as this are exciting events. Liverpool is a haven for artistic talent. You will find a strong sense of art community, face-to-face support and understanding of the artistic statement - in this case: “brutal, delicate, plastic, imperfect”.

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Comment left by Amanda De Angeles on 6th July, 2010 at 12:29
Revolves in the mind like a tune you can't stop humming. 0-10 Primarni Nation wraps the contentious in cheap shine, then strips it bare. It's not only a great's a relief. ADeA BIG THANKS TO NERVE for introducing me to our lovely community of arts in Liverpool. Keep on keeping on, we appreciate you. Whoever reads this please get yourself more involved with our local arts and music scene. 0:)x

Comment left by simon mack on 9th July, 2010 at 11:23
another very perceptive review form Lpl's own Amanda de A. in essence - the entire show is based around questioning people's value + belief systems via a kitsch surface presented in the show. i hope Nerve readers will emphathise with the wider questioning of contemporary society cherished values... rgds.