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Truth and Memory: Stephen Clarke – San Diego Topographics

13/02/2020

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...

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Now, Then and Tomorrow:
A Postcard From Liverpool

05/02/2020

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...

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Time & Space: On Being a Gallery Invigilator

29/01/2020

“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...

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

24/01/2020

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...

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

24/01/2020

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...

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A Waking Dream – Rebecca Allen’s The Observer

06/01/2020

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,...

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Cui Jie: From Pavilion to Space Station – Reviewed

29/11/2019

An exhibition addressing how shifts in architectural style reflect national identity, Cui Jie’s From Pavilion to Space Station’s small scale belies its big ideas, finds Mike Pinnington… What can architecture tell us about a...

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Who is the city for? – Sara Jaspan Meets The Neighbours

22/11/2019

With asylum seekers moved out of increasingly exclusive city centres and affordable housing targets going unmet, Sara Jaspan reports on an artists’ project engaging with the changing face of developing neighbourhoods… “I felt...

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Making the Mundane Enigmatic – Niall McDiarmid’s Southwestern

19/11/2019

The American Road Trip localised to a small corner of England: Stephen Clarke reflects on photographer Niall McDiarmid’s latest photo book, Southwestern… In the opening picture (below) of Niall McDiarmid’s book Southwestern, a...

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