Saturday 16th October 2010

Yesterday we went with OLD FART and John the Fish to Liverpool to see some art. This time John the Fish had to go for his MA course.

It was the Liverpool Biennial presents Touched,

There were many different venues around the city showing various contemporary Art. This included film, photography and painting.

“In a world packed with countless biennials, triennials and the rest, this madcap event in Liverpool remains distinctive and entertaining. The shows are scattered all over the city, often in pretty strange places, but the overall ambition — to introduce British audiences to up-and-coming international artists and trends — is adhered to excellently.” The Times.

Among the artists showing were Wolfgang Tilmann, Tehching Hsieh. Tilmann was the main reason for John having to go to Liverpool. Tehching Hsieh is an artist I have just discovered and does interesting work relating to repetition and time passing.

Wolfgang Tilmann.

Tehching Hsieh

One Year Performance (1980-1981)

Tehching Hsieh is an artist who has been mythologized since retiring from making art in 2000. In 1970s and 1980s New York, he made an exceptional series of artworks: five separate one-year-long performances.

The exhibition will focus on documentation of his performance ‘life work’, One Year Performance 1980-1981 (Time Clock Piece).

For one year, the artist punched a worker’s time clock located in his studio, on the hour, every hour. Marking the occasion by taking a self-portrait on a single frame of 16mm film, the resulting reel documents a year in his life at approximately one second per day – a pace that is polar opposite of the enduring length of the original performance. The punch cards, witnessed by a third party for authenticity, and other ephemera, document Hsieh’s life restructured around this highly repetitive task.

This will be the first exhibition of the Taiwanese-born, New York-city based artist’s work in Europe.

There were many other small galleries showing contemporary art Blink UnBlink was one such event that John wanted to see as a fellow student from Wolverhampton was exhibiting there.

UppyALf with Colin.

Kirsty E. Smith (link here for her images) makes sculptural works in response to her ongoing fascination with her surroundings, the domestic in particular. Her intention is to create work which resonates on a deeply emotive level and which acts as a vehicle to reconnect with a “place” or memory deep in our subconscious.

She is an experimenter and innovator who delights in working with a vast array of materials; juxtaposing the ordinary and luxurious, the cheap and expensive, the reclaimed and recycled.
Smith’s abilities to transform these into surreal sculptural forms all contribute to a rich and complex body of work. Her sculptures are vessels which hold and suggest many ideas simultaneously and it is quite possible to believe that Smith’s sculptures have an unseen life of their own.

Olwen Holland. Aftermath, is house as theatre. The staging of the crises, small or large, internal or external, brings the surreal and the domestic together. The work draws on many influences, including Dutch still life painting, and the writings of Gaston Bachelard, and J. G. Ballard.

Using photography and mixed media sculpture these prizewinning artists transport you to an alternative time and place. Surreal and uncanny narratives unfold.

UppyALf with Angie and John the Fish.

2 Responses to “Saturday 16th October 2010”

  1. Such cool visitors! Uppy and ALf look like a pair who might just know a thing or two about art. Their life story will require me making a cup of tea and sitting down to read. Putting the kettle on now.
    I was lucky enough to hear Tehching Hsieh speak when I went to the Touched Conference at the beginning of the Liverpool Biennial. What commitment. The more I read about him the more I can understand why he has a cult following.
    I’m really pleased that Uppy and ALf posed alongside ‘Angie’ and ‘Colin’. Last week I had visitors from Holland and they took photos of ‘Angie’ using a vintage 3D camera. Can’t wait to see the results.
    I’ve just blogged about my first experience of the Biennial: The Power of Chickens in Art. I think it might appeal to Uppy and ALf.

    • Yes Kirsty we ROCK!
      We will go see your chickens in art thingy after OLD FART has made tea.

      We will follow your blog and OLD FART e mailed Tehching the other week
      his replied too. Meeting him must have been interesting. Have a look at the field.

      Found the venue Blink UnBlink very chilly make sure you wear thick socks and a hat.
      But great stuff get John the Fish to do a blog it would be great reading his work is FAB and yours too keep taking the tablets. (‘.’) {‘_’} UppyALf

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