The Grange – Meet Me At Sunset

image‘Meet me at Sunset’. 18 October – 30 November 2008
“I believe that, most people have watched sunsets and at least once in their lives they have been overwhelmed by one. If you are between those who missed out, think about the next sunset.”

24 artists are exhibiting at the Ullet Grange in response to “Meet me at Sunset” topic; Selected artists – from various backgrounds such as: local artists, Romanian artists based in UK, Irish, Italian, Canadian and German artists – show a variety of art forms and challenge the audience with their own interpretations of the topic.


Project initiated by artists and curator Nicole Bartos/Gallery4allarts, which develops in stages and already started with its’ sunset artistic gatherings, in various places of Liverpool, during 19-23 September, opens its exhibition on the 18th October (5-9pm), and will be followed by a  live art performance day on 1st of November, and the closing event on 30th November.

Exhibiting artists:
Acitore Artezione, Joanne Ashbridge , Richard Ashworth, Alison Appleton , Nicole Barton, Crina Boros, Oana Camilleri Urcan, Birgit Deubner, Fanchon Fröhlich & ‘Collective Phenomena’, Sue Ironfield, Lynn Jackson, Johanna Leech, Lei Liang, Michael Meldru, Marina Moreno, Nagachoo, Christine Oreilly Wilson, Silviu Pascalin, Irina Dana Popa, Nicholas Ryder-Martyn, Roxana Tohaneanu Shields, Ada Villa, Ruairi Watson
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imageTo offer a glimpse of the work to be seen at the Ullet Grange, as part of this project, I could mention just a few of the artists’ works and statements.
From Birgit Deubner’s 3D installation, “Journey through the Forest with Virgil”, symbolising the “unstable, un-secured journey, the higher one reaches on it, the more risky, the more treacherous the fall, a journey, also, that at it’s end may lead to nothing… or to the heavens…”, the show presents the audience with a variety of art forms that surprise and delight one’s eye and spirit, such as Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields’s “Liquefied Light” and “Black Madonna”, exquisite traditional photography giclee prints; Sue Ironfield’s octagonal acrylic paintings on wood, relating to “a new form the tradition of painting which emulates music, with its expressive numerical language, in order to reach a meaningful abstraction.”, but also to ‘light’ and ‘dark’;

Lynn Jackson’s 3D installation knitted from metal wire and ‘rooting’ into the artist’s childhood memories and emotional world: ”My work compels others to recall their own childhood sadness, loss, happiness and frailty.These sculptures act as delicate sketches inviting the viewer to respond. It attempts through its fragility to be vulnerable to the viewer accepting a variety of childhood backgrounds and experiences into the work.”;

Christine Oreilly Wilson’s abstract canvases with the intensity of vibrant colours that “flood the blank canvas “and where the “physical interaction with the paint on canvas is a vital method of communicating” ideas and where “The whole process is an attempt to relate the human condition by means of the pure aesthetics of abstract colour.”;

Ada Villa’s “Mosca”/”Flies”, in relation to metaphysical idea of sunset as ‘death’, where at sunset joins the idea of passing time and then, of old age and death… the awareness of an inevitable end…”; Michael Meldru Medjivepjis’s “PIANO MUSING”, “research and experimental music composition and video production of improvisational music based on subjective release”, in which progressively filmed, static and nostalgic piano music performance, sequences overlap with and open into transitional spaces of Venetian night and water rhythms;

Marina Moreno’s video installation of 4 monitors in which “the idea of displacement”, “is the essence” of the work. “Coincidentally, another factor in this work is the use of sound, which floats within the space, beckoning the audience, and displacing them, calling and collecting them to the narrative moving within the space. The 4 monitors are set out on the floor and the loops of the films are left to roll over and over while the sound is perceived in various parts of the building and attracts the audience, leading towards the installation. The visual presentation with the monitors at equal distance from each other and the wires being very visible give a sense of cold and clinical work; in total contrast with the video shown which is personal, intimate and sensual, melting with the sounds of the bells (in particular the Marangona). Bells function as a calling in many parts of the world. The dialect, whispered by the various passers by, is reminiscent of a specific place and yet still remains universal. Water symbolises a constant travelling, longing and change, mixing. Rhythmically, the movement of the waves has the same timing as the heart beat and the same quality of the rolling movement.”;

Acitore Artezione and the artists core group from Belfast, working with Belfast Exposed Youth Forum, Belfast Exposed Photography projecting a collaborative “dialogue between the Ports of Liverpool & the Ports of Belfast, People & Place through a series of photographic actions scheduled over 12 weeks, from the 14th September – 30th November 2008.”; Nicole Bartos – configuring “a metaphysical journey of the ‘Sun’/’Light’ in parallel, with man’s journey to joining this trajectory and meeting with the ‘Light’. A site specific white installation, using 29 meters of fabric, symbolising this trajectory, together with series of photographic, wax mixed media work; series, resulted from the previous successive land art experiments during meetings at sunset;

Joanne Ashbridge’ s and Japanese artist’s, Nagachoo (“The chair”) live art performances, 2 very different presentations, during 1st of November 2008; and to paintings such as “Collective Phenomena”  by artists, Fanchon Fröhlich and Alison Appleton and to the contemporary Chinese innovative style and colour mixing of acrylic on Pi paper by Lei Liang (China, Beijing).

Project organised and curated by Nicole Bartos / Gallery4allarts
Supported by: Ullet Grange, Romanian Cultural Centre and The Ratiu Family Foundation, London

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