Truth and Memory: Stephen Clarke – San Diego Topographics

How do we separate truth from memory? Should we try? A pair of recently published photo books from Stephen Clarke poses intriguing questions about the passage of time, finds Mike Pinnington…  Time does...

Now, Then and Tomorrow:
A Postcard From Liverpool

With the UK’s shambolic withdrawal from the EU finally confirmed, we look at the role Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture Award played in the city’s 21st Century renaissance… In Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery there...

Time & Space: On Being a Gallery Invigilator

“You are both a font and a target.” Stephen Curtis reflects on his time as a gallery assistant, which affords philosophical freedom while also making you a magnet for the pedantic, and those...

The Reliquary of the (Late) 20th century: Mark Leckey’s O’ Magic Power of Bleakness

What happens when a totem of working class life and culture is recreated in an elite palace for art? Kenn Taylor reflects on Mark Leckey’s journey from Wirral underpass to the pinnacle of...

The Devil is in the Detail: Anj Smith @ MOSTYN Gallery – Reviewed

Feral landscapes and Anthropocene detritus combine to deliver a fearsome dose of future shock in an exhibition of Anj Smith’s paintings at MOSTYN gallery, finds Mike Pinnington… The devil is in the detail, they...

A Waking Dream – Rebecca Allen’s The Observer

What’s a video-game without its heroes and villains, guns or explosions? Mike Pinnington investigates The Observer, Rebecca Allen’s ‘moving painting’, currently part of an exhibition at FACT Liverpool…  In both scale and depth,...

Beyond Liverpool...
Blazing a trail through
the big wide world
30/08/2019
Stéphane Vigny, Reconstituer. Courtesy Denise Courcoux, 2019

Field Trip: Nantes, France – Où est Steve?

On a recent visit to Nantes to see Voyage à Nantes and the ‘Island of Machines’, the more sinister story of a missing man unfolds, reports Denise Courcoux… I first saw it as...

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24/10/2019
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Playlist: J.D. XXVII.: Mixtapes of Keith Haring

Artist Patrick Staff has spent a year in Keith Haring’s archives listening to mixtapes – made for Haring by friends, and by his lover, DJ Juan Dubose. Ahead of a dedicated five hour ‘deep listening’ jam...

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05/09/2019
Present Tense. Publish by The Double Negative, 2019.

Present Tense (2019) // Paperback // £14.99

Present Tense A decade since Liverpool EU Capital of Culture… What now?  Edited by Laura Robertson and Mike Pinnington ISBN 978-1-5272-4281-4 Published August 2019. Very limited edition run of 250 copies. Paperback, 96...