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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Peter Liversidge

b. 1973, United Kingdom

Peter Liversidge was born in the United Kingdom in 1973. For the past decade, all of his work has started with the conceptually-based practice of creating proposals for performances and artworks across a wide expanse of mediums. Liversidge types these proposals on an old manual typewriter. Complete with typographical errors and hand annotations, the proposals describe ideas from the practical to the purely hypothetical, ranging from 'I propose to paint the wall that the proposals are hung on a dark grey' to 'I propose to dam the Thames and flood the City of London.' 

Liversidge usually creates the proposals within a self-imposed timeline that is related to a forthcoming exhibition or project; many are site-specific. The resultant exhibition includes the manifestation of some of the ideas as well as the framed proposals, both realized and unrealized. The first object produced in any series is a book collating the entire set of proposals.

He draws inspiration not just from Conceptual artists such as On Kawara, Fischli and Weiss and Keith Arnatt, but also from artists such as Joseph Cornell and the Reverend Howard Finster, as well as inveterate tinkerers like his own grandfathers. Liversidge is driven by the generative notion of creativity and the idea that art is most successful when it exists slightly outside of formalist notions of fine art. To this end, the physical objects Liversidge produces often include banal, everyday materials that are repurposed or co-opted for his use. He believes that his work is universally accessible and in fact requires the presence of the viewer and their unique interpretation of the proposals to complete the aesthetic experience. The artist’s active engagement with each space and community for which he creates proposals is at the center of his varied and dynamic practice.

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Featured Artworks

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Mask (2) by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgeMask (2), 2017 Found cardboard and imitation gold leaf
38 x 51 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Effigy (33) by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgeEffigy (33), 2018 Found stones, hot glue and metal stand
44 x 14 x 10 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Mask (6) by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgeMask (6), 2017 Found wood, acrylic paint imitation gold leaf
41 x 28.5 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Mask (23) by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgeMask (23), 2017 Found wood, acrylic paint imitation gold leaf
14 x 10 cm
Ingleby Gallery
Portraits of the Maldives by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgePortraits of the Maldives, 2017 24 mixed media collages
2167 x 1206 cm
Kate MacGarry
Pair of Winter Drawings by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgePair of Winter Drawings, 2016 Black masking tape, watercolour, found book pages, in two parts
Kate MacGarry
Carpet Face #3 by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgeCarpet Face #3, 2017 Persian rug, black felt
220 x 129 cm
Kate MacGarry
Carpet Face #1 by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork
Peter LiversidgeCarpet Face #1, 2017 Persian rug, black felt
176 x 124 cm
Kate MacGarry

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Jacob's Ladder at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
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26 July–20 October 2018 Group Exhibition Jacob's Ladder Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Fifteen at Kate MacGarry, London
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11 November–16 December 2017 Group Exhibition Fifteen Kate MacGarry, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Peter Liversidge, Civilization? at Kate MacGarry, London
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12 January–18 February 2017 Peter Liversidge Civilization? Kate MacGarry, London

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Peter Liversidge: 'my work is solely about engagement' Related Press Peter Liversidge: 'my work is solely about engagement' Studio International : 20 October 2016

Peter Liversidge is a British artist who became known for his use of 'proposals' tailored to a specific project. The proposals vary greatly in their degree of feasibility, but always begin in the same way, typed on a standard European-sized A4 piece of paper. Liversidge’s recent projects include The Bridge, a choral performance of 500...

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A playful artist insists gallery staff take a nap Related Press A playful artist insists gallery staff take a nap Hyperallergic : 17 October 2016

Work becomes play in Peter Liversidge’s Twofold installation, though its proposals read so formally: “I propose to drop two hundred and fifty thousand 1 cent coins on the floor of the main gallery space.” What? I walk into the main gallery space at Sean Kelly, New York and yes, I’m walking on shiny, copper coins that are all...

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