Photos © Minako Jackson
Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson ‘No Sign of Helicopters’
at Ceri Hand Gallery
16 September – 16 October 2010
For their debut solo exhibition at the Ceri Hand Gallery, which coincides with the Liverpool Biennial, Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson present a new body of work exploring issues of containment and release.
This is a show that has a lot more than first meets the eye. Indeed I missed the fact that the Anvil piece actually heats up and makes noises but I did spot that there are life-size mannequins underneath the golden blanket which also emits sounds – the chirping of cicadas, like a sort of camping trip in a collapsed tent. The coils of rope ‘The Hunters’ somehow conjure up all kinds of images in the imagination despite being just coils of rope on a white wall.
The tower or totem of drums is also interesting but my favourite piece is the video ‘Die Brucke’. Filmed at night during the dismantling of a railway bridge in Berlin. It’s an industrial kaleidoscope of welding tools and sparks with a very nice soundtrack too.