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Ever since accidentally falling into a History of Art degree at university, I've had a passion for art. After one too many conversations about why art has value, I started writing Messy Lines. I try and make things a bit clearer for the casual observer in the hope that maybe they will go to see some art they otherwise may not have done. Couldn’t ask for a better city than Liverpool to do it from, really.
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Review: Pierre Henry: Liverpool Mass

Review: Pierre Henry: Liverpool Mass Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Saturday 13th May 2017 Words, Julia Johnson (Messy Lines) It’s a rare treat, to be able...

Review: Larissa Sansour: In the Future, They Ate From the Finest...

Larissa Sansour: In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain Bluecoat, until 24th June Words, Julia Johnson (Messy Lines) What do we really know about the...

Review: Public View at Bluecoat: Why it Matters

Public View at Bluecoat, until 23rd April Words, Julia Johnson, Messy Lines Happy birthday Bluecoat. 300 is quite an age to reach: it makes it the oldest...

Review: Art of Solidarity: Cuban posters for African liberation

Think of the words “revolution” and “1960s”, and most of us think of Peace and Love. But in most of the world at the time, “revolution” meant something much more serious.

Review: Will Self: The Roy Stringer Memorial Lecture

Will Self: The Roy Stringer Memorial Lecture FACT, 10th November 2016 Words, Julia Johnson, Messy Lines It’s about the point where he’s comparing artists who collaborate with...

Review: No Such Thing As Gravity, FACT

No Such Thing As Gravity 10th November 2016 – 5th February 2017, FACT. Words & Images, Julia Johnson, Messy Lines For all that they are usually pigeonholed...

Review: Kelly Hayes: The Image Affect

Kelly Hayes isn’t criticising the domestic or familiar, but she does make us pause and check whether what we’ve got is all it seems.

Review: Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed

Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed World Museum, until 26th February 2017, free Words, Julia Johnson, Messy Lines Most people’s understanding and recognition of the Ancient...

Review: Utopia Deferred at Corke Gallery

Utopia Deferred Corke Gallery, until 9th September 2016 Words, Julia Johnson, Messy Lines Look at any great human civilization and you can’t help but notice that people...

Review: Of Angels and Demons by Ernesto Muniz

These works have all been created since Ernesto Muniz arrived in the UK in July, and the results are a delight for the senses.

Review: Suzanne Treister HFT: The Gardener – Liverpool Biennial 2016

Software plays an increasing role in our lives, but the line between lived reality and that presented to us by lines of code is increasingly difficult to define.
Liverpool Biennial Launch, photo by Tony Knox

Review: Liverpool Biennial 2016 at ABC Cinema

Every two years I get to explore a city space in a new way, and this year the ABC Cinema on the corner of Lime Street is a highlight. How many times have I walked past this building and never given it a second thought?
Di-Andre C. Davies, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner V2, courtesy the artist

Review: Di-Andre Caprice Davies and Leasho Johnson, Jamaican Pulse at Bluecoat

When it comes to Jamaican visual art, our understanding is more limited. Most of what we are familiar with as Jamaican visual culture comes from album covers or postcards. Why don’t we know about what’s going on in the studios, or on the streets?

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