Last week I went to up to visit Troy in Liverpool. It feels like it's been such a long time since I was last there and I was looking forward to being in a big city again and exploring all of my favourite places there. After arriving late on Wednesday night we went to see the The Fratellis live which is something we've been looking forward to for a while now and although the atmosphere was great and I enjoyed the music, in a way it all felt like a blur as I was so tired from all of travelling (at least the sunset was cool on the way there).
The next few days in between doing uni work we tried to fit in as much as possible, with the first place we visited being the Albert Docks. I cant quite put a reason why I love visiting the docks, but when we visited it was a grey and foggy day which made the water seem so calm and peaceful. It was the first time it began to feel like winter; although the nights have been drawing in and getting dark around 3pm, there was a different type of coldness in the air. Unlike the crispness of Autumn, the air felt chilly and bitter, the sky was a wash of moody greys and blues.
The old industrial windows in the Tate made the outside seem so magically. When me and Troy walked into one of the exhibition rooms we actually thought the view from a window was part of the exhibition as it looked like a L.S Lowry painting. There's something so calming and cosy about a steamed up old window.
The Tate Liverpool currently have an exhibition on about Yves Klein but we just opted to see the free exhibitions such as the Constellations one which runs over many floors and links artworks that are chosen for their revolutionary effect on modern and contemporary art. There is a main trigger artwork and surrounding this there are artworks that relate to it, whether this be by theme, time or location. For me the main pieces I wanted to look at were the photography but I enjoyed all of the pieces of artwork and making a connection between them. If like me you're interested in a wide range of art movements from Surrealism to Cubism you wont be disappointed.
A short walk up from the tate is the Open Eye Gallery which I've wanted to visit for a while now. The gallery is currently showing work from the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards in 2015 and presents the work of three photographers, Joanna Pitrowska, Tereza Zelenkova and Matthew Finn.
"Tereza Zelenkova has travelled to her native home of Czech Republic to explore themes of history, local legend and folklore. Tereza’s Jerwood/Photoworks Award enabled her to visit numerous locations, but the resulting images seem themselves out of place and time. Her eerily beautiful, black and white photographs of woodlands, stone structures and relics form their own dream-like, subconscious world, where stories fuel the viewer’s interpretation."
"Matthew Finn has been photographing his mother in a series of collaborative portraits since 1987. Mother draws us into the fascinating dynamic of mother and son offering an intense and honest view of this most natural and universal of bonds. His Jerwood/Photoworks Award has enabled Matthew to revisit this series at an emotional time that has seen his mother, Jean, move from her family home into an assisted living residence. Jean’s mental health has changed her role in the portraits from active participant to one of an observed subject; widening the focus of his images towards objects and metaphor."
It was so nice visiting Troy and being able to wander around Liverpool I'd been waiting so long to visit. It gave me a break from my deadlines and the stress of univeristy and made me feel so much happier in myself. This first term has been stressful and challenged me to create work I never thought i'd be able to achieve last year. Although I expect the next two terms to come to be even more stressful as its my final year, I'm looking forward to going home next week for Christmas and visiting my family.
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