Under the Volcano: an exhibition for Malcolm Lowry (1909 – 1957)
25 September – 22 November 2009
The Bluecoat celebrates Lowry’s centenary with an ambitious programme that includes an exhibition, a book, live music, dance, talks and special participatory events such as a Mexican Day of the Dead altar dedicated to Lowry. The influence of Lowry’s work has extended beyond writers to visual artists, and this exhibition brings together twelve from Merseyside, the UK, Mexico and Chile, who respond to Lowry in different ways.
Paintings by Julian Cooper (from his Under the Volcano series), Pete Flowers and Adrian Henri (taking a Day of the Dead in Liverpool theme), are shown alongside watercolours by Edward Burra who visited Lowry in the 1930s in Cuernavaca. This town in Mexico, where Under the Volcano is set, is home to Cisco Jiménez, represented here with sculptures. Another Latin American artist, Jorge Martínez García, exhibits a series of prints, and there are cartoons by Ray Lowry (NME, the Clash) and Brian O’Toole. Cian Quayle’s film and photographs interrogate Lowry’s fascination with the Isle of Man. Northern Art Prizewinner Paul Rooney has made a new film, commissioned by the Bluecoat with Film & Video Umbrella, drawing on Lowry’s time in New York, and Ross Birrell & David Harding’s film installation follows Lowry’s footsteps to the Mexican volcanoes that inspired his great novel. The exhibition also includes rare and previously unseen material relating to Lowry’s Merseyside upbringing, collated by Colin Dilnot.
Pete Flowers – Los Calaveras Flores