The long night always generates an electric artistic buzz in the pool of life.Venturing up the epic New York esque stairwell of the CURVE gallery, one hyper active guy rattled off the list of venues he’d visited like a culture addict, an arty smac rat yearning for more canvas and paint to score.Luke Beezley’s primal tribal wood blocks hand printed on paper area testimony of the adage, graft equals craft. Simplistic black and white prints highlight the level of detail and skill that has gone into each individual piece in the Antipodean Cuts series. The prints are directly borrowed from “B” movie posters, the exploration of foliated skeletal forms are craftful and technically beautiful.
In contrast, Tracy Hill’s MAERE panels are colourful and sit on the exhibition floor complimenting the Beezley black and white prints. Experimental slabs of concrete, etching and screenprint with oxide and glaze, tree branch-like stains filter through the panels. The process of printing in her work responds directly to the nature of layering and of building surfaces, which resonates with the years of history and palimpsest within our landscape.
The Curve Gallery is located in a 19th Century warehouse, established in 2007 the space quickly became a focal point in Liverpool for outsider and underground art by exhibiting diverse works from emerging Liverpool and International artists. Receiving critical acclaim during the 2008 European Capital of Culture year and Liverpool Biennial, Curve has successfully continued to curate and promote exciting contemporary work and plays a central role in the city’s cultural landscape and expanding independent art scene.
Curve has now opened a new extension in Newcastle Australia to encourage international exchange between these two locations.
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