Veteran Reviewer

24Oct09

I had an email from a-n this week which described me as a “veteran reviewer”. Here’s the message with a link to the review.

http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface

Dear Steffan Jones-Hughes,

Lots of writer offers at the bottom so do scroll down…

News

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Choice review

A nice review of Bedwyr Williams: Nimrod at relatively new gallery space Ceri Hand in Liverpool, by veteran Interface reviewer Steffan Jones-Hughes “quite simply mesmeric” Read on >>

Bedwyr Williams: Nimrod
Ceri Hand Gallery
Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool
18 September – 24 October 2009
Venue
Ceri Hand Gallery
Location
North West England
Bedwyr Williams first show at Ceri Hand Gallery in Liverpool is quite simply mesmeric.

In the press release he explains,

“There is the nightmare where a pogo stick made from glossy human body parts vaults down a leafy avenue and jabs me in the chest forcing the air out of my lungs so I can’t scream. There is also the nightmare where I’m in the back of a speeding car with no driver. There is the abstract big/small dream where my mind big bangs and bangs big over and over again. There are the stupid nightmares that I bore people with at breakfast time. But the worst of all, the one that scalds my brain with dread is this one: it’s a sunny day and I’m alone. I hear a drone in the sky, looking up I see a plane and then another and another. Hundreds, thousands of planes – they’re not planes though, I don’t know what they are…”

The show shares it’s title with an Israeli Missile, an SAS operation, a foolish person and, of course, a composition by Edward Elgar.

Ceri Hand Gallery is very special, like entering an alternative universe. You leave the Liverpool dockland behind at the door and are transported to New York, or Venice. It is a beautiful space.

We arrived early and were able to witness the space being transformed from a light, bright, clean space into Bedwyr Williams’ vision. The dry ice slowly engulfed the air creating a foggy environment with the mysterious aircraft hovering in and out of view. The soundtrack to the piece plays with both the repetitive and the low looming quality of the objects on display. There is a sense of threat but also wonder. The work has a rye dark humour, which I really like and which plays with our sense of security. On the ground a small airport, complete with hangar and departure building has advertisements with messages such as “What if your last breath was a burp?”, the sort of irrational fear that we often think about but rarely express. All the time the rumbling audio track reminds us of the skateboard and walking stick planes that hover motionless above us.

In a smaller side gallery, a number of other works by the artist can be seen.

I missed the performance on the opening night but I particularly liked the book work, Methodist to my Madness. A framed copy of the bible in Welsh which has been posted over with a conversation piece about artist duos and other things. I believe this is used as part of his performance work.

Bedwyr Williams shows himself to be an intelligent and challenging visual artist whose work encourages engagement.

What’s on highlights

‘It will happen when you least expect it’, paintings by Wendy Elia, on the futile search for truth.
The Upstairs Gallery, Nellie Dean, London Read on >>

‘As long as it takes’, Stephen Hitchin’s sculpture, drawings and prints form the inaugural show at the newly opened gallery at Liverpool University.
Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool Read on >>

‘More work for the undertaker’, Sam Dargan’s paintings are imbued with paranoia and conspiracy theories.
The Wasp Room, Nottingham Read on >>

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All the best

Rosemary Shirley
Interface Editor
rosemary.shirley@a-n.co.uk
http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface

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2 Responses to “Veteran Reviewer”

  1. Hi Steffan

    well I enjoy reading through what you have written about what you are up to and what shows you manage to get along to.
    It means a lot to people like me with a mobility limitation ( have to be driven there and back to places and then make my way about with a modern version of the Zimmer frame) I so much miss being able to pop on a bus downtown and just look around the shops or into an arts centre to see what;s on exhibition……….. Never mind I do what I can and the main thing is that I am able to continue with making my art ….if i could not do that then things would be very bad indeed. Touch wood and all that.

    I seem to have lost my catalogue from the Wrexham Print International, worst of luck, do you happen to know how I could get hold of another copy of it please? I looked on Amazon just in case it was for sale there. They had a 2001 copy for sale.

    bye for now

    Aine


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