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b. 1973, United Kingdom

Peter Liversidge Biography

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.' 

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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.

Liversidge has worked with a diverse range of institutions, including the Tate Gallery in 2008, the Centre d’art Santa Mónica, Barcelona, Spain in 2008, Bloomberg SPACE, London, England in 2009 and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland in 2010. He has also developed projects for the Europalia Festival in 2007, Art Basel Miami Beach in 2009 and Edinburgh’s sculpture park, Jupiter Artland, also in 2009. In 2012, Peter Liversidge began a collaboration with Low, a band from Duluth, Minnesota, which ultimately resulted in Liversidge creating a backdrop for their international tour. In 2013 the Edinburgh Art Festival commissioned Liversidge's Flags for Edinburgh, which invited anyone in the city with a flagpole to fly a white flag bearing the text 'HELLO.' 

Peter Liversidge lives and works in London, England.

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Spring Boats VII by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Liversidge Spring Boats VII, 2024 Found flotsam and jetsam; wood, bamboo, bone, waxed and unwaxed cotton, restoration adhesive
22 x 40 x 19 cm
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Spring Boats III by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Liversidge Spring Boats III, 2024 Found flotsam and jetsam; wood, bamboo, bone, waxed and unwaxed cotton, restoration adhesive
20 x 48 x 22 cm
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Spring Boats II by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Liversidge Spring Boats II, 2024 Found flotsam and jetsam; wood, bamboo, bone, waxed and unwaxed cotton, restoration adhesive
14.5 x 31 x 19 cm
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Flotilla Shelf 2 by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Peter Liversidge Flotilla Shelf 2, 2023 Found driftwood, string
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Effigy Collection V (Stockholm) by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Liversidge Effigy Collection V (Stockholm), 2018 Found stones, archival glue, steel stands, shelf
52 x 62 x 40 cm
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Cady's Hall by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork photography
Peter Liversidge Cady's Hall, 2011 Pair of unique Polaroid 600 photographs
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Upstate Polaroids, Lone House by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork photography
Peter Liversidge Upstate Polaroids, Lone House, 2011 pair of unique polaroid photographs
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Ingleby contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Sean Kelly contemporary art gallery in New York, United States
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