Baltic Frame. Arena Studios.
4 Jordan Street
25th September—10th Oct 2008
Artists confirmed for the Baltic Frame Exhibition are as follows:
Birgit Deubner, Nick Fox, Britta Bogers, Claus Dieter Geissler,
Tine Wille, Andrew Bracey, Tony Smith, Nick Sykes, Bernard Georgeson,
Susie Macmurray, Lesley Halliwell, Anna Ketskemety, Dagmar Schmidt,
Situated in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle Arts Quarter this
exhibition sets out to display an eclectic mix of work from
artists that have an inquiring thread within their particular
Curated by Liverpool painter and Arena member Tony Smith, the
event involves both national and international practitioners.
Artists involved are comprised of elements from London, Liverpool
and Cologne, Germany and it is hoped that this programme should
prove an interesting meeting of works.
One of the criteria behind the selection process involved a
study of studio group practice and in particular the observation
of the ontological nature of the artist in their studio. The
note of the being and doing within studio is often an interesting
study with the actual product of this activity evidencing as
a complex exploration and questioning of the language of art
This event sites some of the ‘symptoms’ of studio
art practice and although there is no theme other than an inherent
thematic disjuncture of the participant artists, it is hoped
that the exhibition would be useful to both visitors and exhibitors
alike. Studio ideas are often, at their final stages, worked
through in a solitary manner but the studio group context would
dictate that the resultant product is not purely formed from
an isolated environment. One would expect that the interaction
between other practitioners would influence and inform their
respective output. This is a sentiment which would hopefully
be productive in the gathering together of these various groups
and at the heart of the selective process was a notion of how
one artist would react or manifest in the company of another.
As a studio group, Arena would anticipate a healthy interaction
and fruitful discourse with these other studio group artists.
In May of this year, Tony Smith curated a similar show in the
city of Cologne named ‘A Painter’s Glance’
in which Arena and other Liverpool studio group artists took
part. The exhibition was held at The Kunsthaus Rhenania Studio
and Gallery complex. This event was made possible through collaboration
with and financial sponsorship by the ‘Eight Days a Week’
Ten Arena artists made the trip over to Cologne for the opening
night and it was through this event that Tony Smith invited
four German artists to Liverpool to exhibit at the Arena studio
complex which is currently being converted into a gallery and
will remain so for the duration of the Liverpool Biennial.
During the opening of ‘A Painter’s Glance’,
speeches given by amongst others the Bürgermeister, Mayor
of Cologne, noted that the visiting Liverpool artists formed
a representation of Liverpool city in its current status as
European Capital of Culture.