Days A Week 2004 : Maleri
Aus Liverpool : VHS Koln & Liverpool Biennial 2004.
New Painting from Liverpool Based Artists : Curated by Pete Clarke
aus Liverpool curated by Pete Clarke
work Pete Clarke, Neil Morris and by artists from Arena Studios
- James Buso, Julie Jones, Paul Luckraft and Sue Milburn.
And so to making paintings again, we are now told that there
are no totalities left with no bigger pictures to believe
But even so, does it matter, what creative fictions or personal
attributes would be necessary to sustain artists making paintings
as a viable form of contemporary practice in a media saturated
Stubbornness and obstinacy certainly, the ability to allow
for contradiction, to be constant and also to embrace change,
an idea of process, development and even destruction and an
overriding and illogical sense of confidence that there are
still meanings to be made and representations to be fought
And maybe just doing it is enough, sustaining your own curious
logic, contriving visual events to let things happen, and
perhaps that is what these Liverpool artists represented here
are trying to do.
'Eight days a Week' would like to personally thank Liverpool
Art School, Lubaina Himid and The University of Central Lancashire,
Preston and Roger Morris. P H. Holt Trust fortheir generosity
and confidence in supporting this current project in New Painting.
Arena Art & Design Association is a non-profit making,
charitable organisation, who are aiming to provide affordable
studio space to artists, designers and musicians in Liverpool
city centre. Along side this primary aim is the desire to
create a dialogue between these practitioners and a wider
audience through lectures, workshops and exhibitions. Towards
this end Arena members have recently established a gallery
space within the studio complex, providing a vital outlet
for diverse forms of creative activity.
Design of book by
Clarke : Painting and poetic text suggesting modernity and history
memory and loss buried in an aesthetic confection. Pete studied Fine
Art at Bristol Polytechnic and Chelsea School of Art; he has exhibited
extensively in the UK and Europe with recent exhibitions in Cologne.
Hagen, Wiesbaden and Simonskall in Germany and Rome. He is a Senior
Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston
and he is co organiser of'eight days a week', the artists' initiative
arranging reciprocal exhibitions and projects, he also makes collaborative
paintings with Cologne artist Georg Gartz.
James Buso :
The photographs that form the basis of the work presented here, are
the products of a combination of a cheap automatic camera, patience
and a degree of luck. My interest in photography lies in both its
accidental and incidental nature. My subject is the information people
disregard in such photos and I try to focus on what goes unnoticed
in our day to day which on closer inspection merits more attention.
My intention is to make work that makes people look at their surroundings,
so they can see not what they expect but what is actually there, not
an ugly industrial scene but a graceful silhouette against a blue
sky, or the reflected vista echoed in a fleeting glimpse of suburbia.
James Buso was born in Los Angeles in 1972 and immigrated to rural
Cheshire in 1984. It is through this contrast in environment that
he became interested in the landscape and our perceptions of it. On
completing his studies at John Moore's University he stayed on in
Liverpool taking a studio at Arena. Much of his recent work has focused
both on travelling through the local area and the mountains of North
Wales. As well as his own practice James helps manage the studio group
and helps organise shows for the recently created exhibition space.
: The series of paintings featured in the exhibition originate from
photographs of TV'white noise'. The flickering points of light on
screen are translated into thick blobs, smears and drips of paint
sealed behind layers of varnish. This physical, tactile quality creates
a distance from the flat photographic source allowing for an investigation
of the painting process.
Whilst employing a kind of surface seduction the work questions notions
of the spiritual or expressive traditionally associated with abstraction.
A response to an environment of media saturation and image overload,
I am interested in making paintings that are simultaneously full yet
Born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in 1978. Studied Fine Art at John
Moore's University, Liverpool, graduating in 2001 with First Class
BA [Hons] and selected for'Northem Graduates'. The New Academy Gallery.
London. A member of Arena Studios, Paul has recently been involved
in the creation of a gallery space within the building and the organisation
of a series of projects in the venue. As well as these activities,
Paul works at the new FACT Centre in Liverpool, and has continued
to exhibit his paintings in shows across the UK.
Julie Jones: The
paintings aim to use the sensory and seductive qualities of colour.
light and texture to reflect the very nature of how we experience
things and how experience can be represented.
Julie was born in 1973 in Cheshire and studied Fine Art 1996 at Nottingham
Trent. Now works in Arena Studios, Liverpool. Exhibitions include
Pompa 98 in Nottingham, 1998, Solo show, Unfamiliar Territory at NXN
Gallery in Liverpool 1998, Solo Show Beluga Barand Egg Gallery 1999,
Dynamics in Colour, joint show at Hanover Gallery Liverpool 2001.
Sefton Open 2001 and 2002. Liverpool Biennial Independent 1999 and
at Free Market, Independent. 2002. Northwest artists, Brussels, 2002/3.
Arena Group show 2003. Ongoing exhibitions at Artzu Gallery Manchester
including The Affordable Art Fair, London 2004. Commissions include
Stevenson Bell Architects 1998 and 2000, The Paint Stop, 2002, and
LBK architects 2004. My work is both an investigation into the process
of painting and a search for images I find poetic or evocative of
a state of mind. I often make reference to landscape and natural phenomena
in mywork, exploring the continuing relevance of landscape as a poetic
image. I am interested in the ever-changing relationship we have with
the world around us, the spiritual, emotional and historic significance
SUE MILBURN: "Sat
upstairs, waiting for the guests to arrive, sunday evening parties.
Crap game earlier, we lost 2:1 to Southampton. I just got some crisps,
I'm that bored. But not irritatingly bored. I get to paint tomorrow."
Sue Milbum was born in Liverpool in 1973. She is an active member
of Arena Studios. After completing her foundation she went on to graduate
from the University of Humberside before returning to study at the
University of Liverpool, and Liverpool John Moore's University. She
has spent the following years gaining experience as a Curator &
Photographer and a practicing artist. Exhibitions and projects have
included Creative LETS, Drawlab, Liverpool Biennial and her new joint
venture Red Dot Exhibitions at venues across the north of England.
As a artist is shown at The View Galleries, Jump Ship Rat, the Atkinson
Art Gallery in Southport, Egg Space Gallery Kirby and Huyton Galleries,
Blundell Street Gallery The World of Glass, The Walker Art Gallery
The Citadel in St Helens and Gallery Azure in Cheshire. Her work is
an evocative and expressive exploration of the significance of colour,
formal experimentation and visual metaphors.
Morris : In our memories we return again and again to events of personal
importance. They resonate with us for different reasons and become
our concrete histories. In this most recent of work I am continuing
to tryto make sense of a personal history, perhaps it's a kind of
timeline- but the clocks keep stopping. Memories are made of this.
Neil Morris has exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe with recent
exhibitions in Cologne and Hagen. Germany, Orebro Castle in Sweden
and further afield at the College of Fine Arts, Shanghai. He has been
included in many publications and has curated several exhibitions
including 'Graphic Authorship -Artists in Print'. He continues to
make collaborative artworks with his partner, Tracey Brown and is
the Head of Printmaking, Liverpool School of Art, JMU.
: Materei Aus Liverpool is complimented by CRASH : An exhibition
of Collaborative artworks curated by
Georg Gartz Including work by Georg Gartz and Pete Clarke Geoff Molyneux
and Wotfgang Lottgens Nefl Morris and Tracey Brown Lin Holland and
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