Days A Week 2000 : BASEMENT VI: Basement 6. - 28. October
Hughes, Susan Leask,
With guest artists Rosy Beyelschmidt, Christiane Brams
photographic images by Anneliese Fikentscher and Andreas Neumann.(c)
Brams: Basement VI - Basement Gallery, Liverpool, 2000
Basement Gallery, Veronika Moos-Brochhagen, Jürgen Kisters, Inge
: LIVERPOOL AND COLOGNE ARTISTS WORK TOGETHER IN SUBTERRANEAN ENVIRONMENT
The labyrinthine journey of basement (above) and its three resident
artists continues along its path of exploration. From its base in
the cellars of a Georgian terrace shadowed by Liverpool's Anglican
Cathedral, it weaves a meandering path through a succession of brick
rooms and ante-rooms, collecting stories and artists en route. Artists
from Liverpool, Cologne, Belfast and New York have left their mark
on its stone floors, in its bare brick walls and into its recesses,
adding to the history and character of this unique showing space.
As basement embarks on journey No 6 the three resident artists, Sfan
Hughes, Susan Leask and Margaretha Schoning, share their laboratory
once again with artists from other countries. Rosy Beyelschmidt and
Christiane Brams swap the banks of the Rhine for the banks of the
Mersey for two weeks and embark on their own particular journeys with
those of the resident three. Whilst the coffee filters through, extra
layers of clothing are added, tool boxes are dug out and the adventure
begins. Descending the stairs the visitors join the residents on a
voyage of discovery, weaving their way through the warren to find
their own brick and stone hutch in whicl i to experiment and explore.
Various materials are tried and tested, some will be discarded whilst
others are destined to remain. Pa :)er is folded and folded again,
the smell of darkroom chemicals mingles wi:h the pungent smell of
hot wax, carpets of dust colour *he floors, lights at all angles enrich
the atmospheric mysteries or the stories unfolding.
'Vecognisable fragments of reality combine with seemingly abstract
forms in the photographic and video work of Rosy Beyelschmidt. As
we search for the object in the work our own encounters with past
experiences are triggered and a process of reminiscence and remembrance
Our attention is firmly focused on location through Christiane Brams'
use of tracing paper to construct cube-like shapes which allow (day)
light to just penetrate the room. These forms reflect the proportions
of the space, the grid structure of the window and other architectural
Fleeting moments and glimpsed reflections are captured in Margaretha
Schoning's glass installations. Evoking and questioning reality, deception
and illusion, they allow the viewer to pause and reflect while the
outside world casts its changing light, and fragments of the space
are mirrored on the surface.
Exploration with the temporary the ephemeral within the assigned 'space
fuel the methodical experiments with light and site in Susan Leask's
installations, bringing a sense of the present to their formal simplicity.
Colour and light are essential elements in the work of Sian Hughes.
Manipulating textiles into three-dimensional structures using perspex,
laminates and steel, the works are lit from within to transform the
room with abstract images of the basement corridors.
From time to
time the five come out of the warren to capture the light and the
warmth again on the streets of Liverpool, and more stories are told
and retold in the various venues hosting exchange ventures between
artists from Liverpool and Cologne. Refuelled, they continue on their
journey and five installations grow and emerge, changing basement's
interiors once again into another diverse and stimulating experience
for the artists and the audience. Meanwhile, nobody notices basement
secretly accumulating tiny deposits from journey 6 to add to its eclectic