Dot Art Presents: Liverpool Art Show S/S12

Thursday 3rd May saw the grand opening of the Liverpool Art Show 2012 in Camp and Furnace, a great venue tucked away on Greenland Street.

This year, The Art Show combined a fine art exhibition with live music, DJ sets and a play by local playwright John Maguire. This combination of art forms contributed to an interesting event, and one which complimented the venue beautifully.

Unfortunately for me, I arrived later on and missed out on the showcasing of Maguire’s play Bruise as well as the live performance from Sense of Sound Singers. Fortunately though, the exhibition was still open and CantMixWontMixShdntMixDontMix were in full swing. The music added a great atmosphere, making the event feel a lot more laid back, as art shows are notoriously regarded as pretentious, and the whole idea of this night was to make art more accessible to a wider audience, something which I fully support.

The fine artists exhibiting at the event included curator Matt Ford, who created two collections, entitled Liverpool, an array of works creating a surreal vision of the city, and Bruise, created in collaboration with John Maguire on the topic of domestic violence. These silkscreen images are reminiscent of the famous Rorschach inkblots, perhaps associating domestic violence with the emotional scarring it creates, producing a tangible representation for an audience to consider.

Other exhibiting artists include Daniel John, with his collection of paintings inspired by forgotten areas of Liverpool, and John Whitelaw, whose cityscapes are made up of digital images, compiled of typically ‘Scouse’ words and quotations related to Liverpool.

My favourite artist of the night, however, was Blacksoup, an illustrator who has created visions of Liverpool invaded by robots and a Godzilla-like figure, in a style which reminds us of comic and graphic novel art. Blacksoup combines photography and illustration to produce some truly spectacular and fantastical apocalyptic images of the city, yet retains a sense of comedy, with classic comic annotations (think ‘POW!’) making his work fun and inventive.

Overall, an interesting mixture of artistic talent and creativity, and a venue to watch out for, as they continue their refurbishment and expansion to include even bigger original events.

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6 Responses to Dot Art Presents: Liverpool Art Show S/S12

  1. chris says:

    Great review, I’m slightly biased though ‘cos I’m the robot doodler! Thanks again and glad you had a good night…I can recommend the confit duck leg too – delicious!

    • Brilliant I loved your work! I was just disappointed I missed the start, my friend and I thought it would be a late night event for the opening, so arrived fashionably late! But thanks for checking out my review! And I’m veggie, but I’ll tell my friend about the duck 🙂

      • chris says:

        Well if I hadn’t have been exhibiting I probably would’ve got the dates wrong, so late isn’t so bad! No problem, great blog and very well written. Keep up the great work…ooh I sound like an English teacher there!…. A+
        Well the salad was nice, if that’s any consolation!

      • Thanks a lot that’s great to hear, this is one of the articles that I have begun to write for so glad someone likes it! Hope to see more of your work too!

  2. chris says:

    Yeah I hope to see more work of mine in places other than my mum’s garage! Thanks again and good luck with your blog, hope you get to achieve all your goals…well unless one of them is to eradicate duck meat off the camp & furnace menu – in which case I’ll have to oppose you!:-)

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