Dates: 1 – 31 July, 2018
Location: 5 Bold Place, Liverpool, L1 9DN
Sculptor Adrian Jeans explores the interplay between the practice of representational figurative sculpture and the idea of expressive portraiture in the latest show by contemporary-art-in-empty-shop-windows group Art In Windows.
In the title sculpture, Jeans pairs one of his characteristically rough, but physiognomically mimetic portraits with a sculpture of his own hand making the thumb-up gesture. The meaning of the hand can be varied – thumb-up is good, thumb down is bad – giving a surreal but witty play-off between the dour face of someone who has sat many hours for his portrait and the artist’s hand that can express a full range of emotions.
Also on show is An Alphabet of Gestures – an impressive array of over 100 drawings of a hand. This take on the classic, art-school exercise of repeatedly drawing a single object allows Jeans to thoroughly explore and chart the seemingly endless possibilities of the hand as an expressive medium, seamlessly complementing and extending the conceit of Listen To The Hand…