Arena – The Baltic Frame

imageThe Baltic Frame. Exhibition: 25 September – 9 October 2008
Viewing Thursday 25 Sept 18-20.30

Situated in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle Arts Quarter this exhibition sets out to display an eclectic mix of work from artists that have an inquiring thread within their particular practice.

Artists: Birgit Deubner, Nick Fox, Britta Bogers, Claus Dieter Geissler, Tine Wille, Andrew Bracey, Nick Sykes, Bernard Georgeson, Susie Macmurray, Lesley Halliwell, Anna Ketskemety, Dagmar Schmidt

Situated in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle Arts Quarter this exhibition sets out to display an eclectic mix of work from artists that have an inquiring thread within their particular practice.

Curated by Liverpool Painter and Arena member Tony Smith, the event involves both national and international practitioners. Artists involved are comprised of elements from London, Liverpool and Germany and it is hoped that this programme should prove an interesting meeting of works. One of the criteria behind the selection process involved a study of studio group practice and in particular the observation of the ontological nature of the artist in their studio. The note of the being and doing within studio is often an interesting study with the actual product of this activity evidencing as a complex exploration and questioning of the language of art history.

This event sites some of the ‘symptoms’ of studio art practice and although there is no theme other than an inherent thematic disjuncture of the participant artists, it is hoped that the exhibition would be useful to both visitors and exhibitors alike. Studio ideas are often, at their final stages, worked through in a solitary manner but the studio group context would dictate that the resultant product is not purely formed from an isolated environment. One would expect that the interaction between other practitioners would influence and inform their respective output. This is a sentiment which would hopefully be productive in the gathering together of these various groups and at the heart of the selective process was a notion of how one artist would react or manifest in the company of another. As a studio group, Arena would anticipate a healthy interaction and fruitful discourse with these other studio group artists. Tony Smith.

 

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