3rd-27th June 2010
Watched over by the rather wonderful Zombie Mob, the pieces on display
in the Contemporary Urban Centre's exhibition Tattwhoo are all based around
the theme of tattoos. Amongst the forty pieces on display are images of
actual tattoos, designs that eventually became tattoos, posters, a rather
interesting manikin in the center of the display space and a revolving
slide show of various tattoo images sourced from the show and our friend
the internet. Yes, this exhibition is not merely a revue for painted body
parts, but a conceptual look at the nature of the tattoo itself.
The good news is, it's well worth a visit and there is enough in the
comparatively small gallery space to make you see tattoos in a completely
new light. The bad news is that the gallery itself is so far from the
centre of Liverpool as to be accessible to only the people brave enough
to seek it out. Luckily, it's a nice walk and the blood and sweat it takes
to get to the venue will be worth it in the end! The array of pieces from
artists such as Craig Sinclair, whose work would look good on almost any
torso alive or dead, Hazel Nicholls whose pieces are all very evocative
and the mannequin by Penelope Teapot, stood in the centre of the gallery
hands aloft in celebration of all that is tattoo are all excellent pieces
in an all round excellent exhibition.
The only bad thing about this exhibition is that more humans would have
made it less of a solitary experience on my visits there. Maybe it's the
location or maybe it's the times I went, but this exhibition needs to
hear the patter of appreciative feet that will spread the word. Needless
to say, this reviewer enjoyed what he saw, and I'm sure you will too!
Exercise, art and the current weather make it an ideal opportunity.