Monthly Archives: September 2010

Liverpool Biennial 2 – Renshaw street

Biennial 1

Visitor Centre window

Whatever your opinion on art, particularly ‘contemporary art’, may be – there is no denying the fact that the 2010 Biennial has brought much needed colour and vitality to Renshaw Street.

Biennial 2

Window display

Biennial 3

Another window

Since the closure of the Lewis’s department store and the demise or relocation of other stores, Renshaw Street has looked in terminal decline.

Biennial 4

and another window

The artists have brought colour, controversy and creativity and I for one am glad, even though I know this is transient.

Biennial 6

Much needed colour

Biennial 5

Time well spent

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Liverpool Biennial

Detail from Earth and Aether leaflet

Detail from Earth and Aether leaflet. Photo: Barry Hale

Earth and Æther

It has recently been our good fortune to work with Jane Poulton and Lin Holland, two artists in residence at Liverpool Cathedral.

They approached our studio to develop a small hand-out to go with their installation in the Cathedral as part of the Liverpool Biennial.

Photographer Barry Hale provided us with some remarkable pictures and the C3 Imaging Liverpool printed the job in just 6 hours via their digital Indigo press to meet the deadline for the opening event in the evening.

A further much larger print run is now in production.

Main image from the Earth and Aether leaflet

Main image from the Earth and Aether leaflet. Photo: Barry Hale

Earth and Aether leaflet

Earth and Aether leaflet

This is from the leaflet:

Earth and Æther
In the centre of the Chapter House of Liverpool Cathedral sits a block of gilded red sandstone. Directly above it, apparently hovering in aerial space, is a mirrored house, archetypal in form, but without windows or doors.

Earth and Æther is a site-specific work that explores mans’ attempts, through the imbued sanctification of earthly objects, to approach a sense of the sublime.

The work responds to the fabric, decoration and spatial volumes of the Chapter House, utilising its height, floor space and shifting polychromatic light.

Its materials and forms – stone, gold, mirror, and ‘house’ – have aesthetic, symbolic and physical relevance within a religious setting. These elements, together with the contextual siting of the work, combine to explore variable contemplations on universal themes including substance and space, reality and faith, permanence and transformation.

Earth and Æther is the second artwork made for Liverpool Cathedral’s Chapter House by artists Lin Holland and Jane Poulton. The first, Untitled: Unknown, was made during their 2008 residency in the city’s two cathedrals, and was one of six site-specific works created for these iconic buildings.


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Jean-Claude Forest and Barbarella

Barbarella graphic novel

Barbarella graphic novel cover

Jean-Claude Forest was born on 13 September 1930. I couldn’t let his birthday go by without a short post about him and his most famous creation Barbarella.

Born in France, Jean-Claude graduated from the Paris school of design in the early 1950s and began work as an illustrator. In 1962 he created the sci-fi comic strip Barbarella which was an immediate success. Translated into a dozen languages the strip became a bestseller.

In 1967 Terry Southern and Roger Vadim adapted the strip for the big screen with Jane Fonda playing the title role.

Jeane-Claude Forest won Grand Prizes at two major comic festivals in France and Switzerland in 1984 and 1998. Suffering from severe asthma for many years Jean-Claude Forest died in 1998 at the age of 68.

Comic pages

A sample from the first graphic novel

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Those were the days 2…

Wonderful 50's VW brochure cover

Wonderful 1960 VW brochure cover

A huge collection of Volkswagen product literature dating back to 1938 came to my attention via AisleOne and Paul Soulellis. Well worth browsing, but you could get hooked and it really is a large collection.

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The Temple of a Thousand Bells

Temple bells

Glass bells suspended from the ceiling of the Oratory

Laura Belem plaque

Laura Belem plaque

The Oratory is the former chapel of St James’s Cemetery, a now disused burial ground which occupies the rocky hollow on the east side of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. It has recently been transformed by the art installation ‘The Temple of a Thousand Bells’ by Brazilian artist Laura Belém. A strange and hypnotic mix, the installation includes small glass bells suspended from the ceiling of the Oratory with a soundtrack of music, speech and sounds.

From her website:

I see art as a means of transformation, reflection and awareness. I am interested in how artworks can trigger new perceptions of the world and our habitation in this world; how the experience of an artwork can lead to a reinvention of our relations with the surrounding environment and with ourselves.

For more see the artist’s website (well worth a browse).

Laura Belém was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1974, where she still lives and works.

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