Charles Gershkovich is a multimedia collective, comprising of three members. Greg Potts is a sonic artist working in Nottingham. Myself and Harry are based in Liverpool; Harry Johnson is a filmmaker and I work as a visual artist. The name actually came from a piece I was working on about five years ago where I created identities and back stories for discarded photographs, Charles Gershkovich was the lynch pin character. Unfortunately, the piece didn’t materialise but the name remained and we all liked the idea of using a single figure to work behind.
We’ve been collaborating in some form or another since our late teens. Initially it was through music and over the years we began to splinter off to follow our individual interests. Greg and I had already began working on artistic projects together around the summer of 2010. Harry then moved to Liverpool and joined Gershkovich at the beginning of last year during the piece Ten Photographs, One Film.
I’d been many times over my stint at university and always found it one of the more interesting spaces in Liverpool. We had just finished the first project with Harry when Metal put forward their submission for the residency. It just seemed to make sense for us at this point. We wanted to work in an environment where we are supported but also allowed to develop the project on our own. We felt that this different approach to working would benefit In Transit specifically.
There are some great galleries in the city, the Bluecoat, Open Eye Gallery, and The Royal Standard are ones we regularly attend. We also like some of the smaller places that have a quick exhibition turn over. Model for instance had a great approach to style and pace. We’re also very excited by Crown Building Studios which is run by some friends of ours; they have an interesting line up of exhibitions for this year. Overall, Liverpool is a great place for contemporary art.
I’ve not been down to London for some time now, so I figure I’ll take a trip down south to see a few little shows and the obvious one too. Anish Kapoor has a show on at Lisson Gallery, which I’m keen to check out. I’m a huge fan of American photographers like Eggleston and Shore so would love to see Larry Sultan’s exhibition in Ghent, Belgium.
There’s still time to get involved in the project by submitting your own audio clips from a car journey by 15 May. Click here to find out more. Watch this space – Art in Liverpool will reveal all when the work is complete later in the year.
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