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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.

Peter Liversidge Featured Artworks

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Boston Shadow by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork photography
Peter LiversidgeBoston Shadow, 2013A pair of unique Polaroid photographs
Ingleby Contact Gallery
From home - how far the moon has, and is, moving away from the Earth since the moon landing, July 20th 1969 by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter LiversidgeFrom home - how far the moon has, and is, moving away from the Earth since the moon landing, July 20th 1969, 2021Framed proposal, 1000 year installation plan 1969–2969, 38 meter long measuring tape, monofilament
Ingleby Contact Gallery
Mask VII by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, mixed media
Peter LiversidgeMask VII, 2019Found card, acrylic paint, archival adhesive, imitation gold leaf
51.9 x 36.3 x 6.5 cm
Ingleby Contact Gallery
Portraits of the Maldives by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork mixed media
Peter LiversidgePortraits of the Maldives, 201724 mixed media collages
2167 x 1206 cm
Kate MacGarry Contact Gallery
Pair of Winter Drawings by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork works on paper
Peter LiversidgePair of Winter Drawings, 2016Black masking tape, watercolour, found book pages, in two parts
Kate MacGarry Contact Gallery
Carpet Face #3 by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork textile
Peter LiversidgeCarpet Face #3, 2017Persian rug, black felt
220 x 129 cm
Kate MacGarry Contact Gallery
Cady's Hall by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork photography
Peter LiversidgeCady's Hall, 2011Pair of unique Polaroid 600 photographs
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
Upstate Polaroids, Lone House by Peter Liversidge contemporary artwork photography
Peter LiversidgeUpstate Polaroids, Lone House, 2011pair of unique polaroid photographs
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery

Peter Liversidge Recent Exhibitions

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Peter Liversidge Represented By

Ingleby contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh, United Kingdom Ingleby Edinburgh
Sean Kelly contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Sean Kelly New York, Taipei

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