Venue: Art in Windows
Dates: 01/01/2020 - 31/01/2020
Times: All Day
The Artist v the World
Posters by Peter Appleton
Dates: 1 – 31 January, 2020
Location: 5 Bold Place, Liverpool, L1 9DN
Peter Appleton presents an on-going poster series called The Artist v the World that has evolved out of one of his allegorical paintings.
Appleton’s original painting, displayed in the small window, developed from a feeling that people are belittled, indeed swallowed up by the world around them. The painting uses physical landmarks in the Castle Street area of Liverpool to represent a symbolic, mythical creature: Derby Square is the head and represents Royalty; Castle Street is the body and represents Business; and The Town Hall is the tail and represents Politics. Inside the creature lurks a poor, lonely figure – a you or me figure – swallowed up by a greater being, like Jonah and the Whale.
The painting has become a lodestone for Appleton’s political feelings and the posters that have developed from it have become an ongoing project called The Artist v The World – a sort of aging fool’s rant against the world and its imperfections. The beginnings of this project, displayed in the large window, represent The Three Estates, Communications, Naked Consumption and Leadership. More will follow, covering topics such as Duplicity, Manipulation and Equality.
Appleton uses the traditional, political-poster format to highlight pressing, contemporary issues that he perceives around him and prod us into thinking about these inequalities in the here and now.