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View Two Gallery Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

VIEW TWO GALLERY: CURRENT (AUGUST 2010) AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS, SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER 2010.

23 Mathew Street
Liverpool L2 6RE
0151 236 9555
http://www.viewtwogallery.co.uk/

CURRENT EXHIBITION TO END AUGUST 2010

A retrospective of various artists featured in past exhibitions.
At the moment, in addition to its usual three display areas, the View Two has temporarily seconded a truly beautiful and spacious second floor area, recently vacated by tenants, for even more art, until new occupants can be found. Like the rest of the building this space has been beautifully refurbished by owner and architect Ken Martin, for gallery and generally pleasure, for artworks, various musical and other events.

This expansion has inspired a cornucopia of old favourites and new which adorn the increased walls space, as a final colourful fling before The View Two begins a metamorphosis culminating in the New Year, when it sheds its skin and...... well you will just have to wait and see what brave, beautiful new creature emerges.

In the meantime, I find myself unexpectedly familiar with many of the works on display, several having adorned the walls of my demised Heart and Soul giving much pleasure during their tenure, now steeped with ghosts exploring their new abode.

Like a tune, smell or certain shade of light, each picture recalls a Heart and Soul memory, hazed by time and sorrow but dear familiar friends just the same, who shared and absorbed the times that were Heart and Soul. Looking at them, I feel I could step inside their virtual worlds and be transported back.

Faulty recall floats a few names to the surface but having displayed at least sixty of Ken's treasure trove over the lives of Heart and Soul, these are merely a drop in the ocean of the stunning works on display.

As the View Two changes its emphasis over the coming months this might be the last opportunity to purchase some of these beauties. Should I win the lottery, there are several I would covet, not just because of the Heart and Soul association but because, in selecting them for my lost love, I chose those that would give me utter pleasure for infinity, should I ever discover such a place. Until then, they hang in the landscape of my mind.

The ones Heart and Soulers might most readily remember are:


"Looking Upwards at the Universe": Jim McKnevitt: The one you couldn't miss on entering the restaurant, an artist's reflection of a star filled night sky, slashed by a flash of turquoise, contemplated whilst lying flat on his back under the influence of goodness knows what, probably too much fresh air.

Ladies that...... : Beautifully eloquent observations by Anne Young capturing "ladies that lunch", party a little too much, generally have a good time and hate getting up in the morning such as "Between You and Me" ("have you heard this.....!! ), "Do I have to?" (me in the morning, clinging to my bed), the lady, outstretched and supine in evening gown but managing to hang on to an essential glass of red wine (me again) and many more favourites that each tell a vivid story. I believe some of the faces were modelled on celebrity, which gives them an extra familiarity, lost on me in my ignorance. I just love them for their vibrant colours, vividly conveyed expressions, glamour, feathers, decadence and the signature white dove which echoed the white dove of peace at the heart of Heart and Soul's logo.

Peter Crabtree: The one I called "The Field" (Sorry I don't remember the actual name): Muted moist greens, misty mauves and darkly foreboding shadows capture fields and copse glimpsed from the motorway which, at a distance, look like mysterious and lush dingily dells where fairies roam. Dwarfed by the size of the picture, hung low, I felt as if I could step into its world and that was before drink exerted its influence.

"Yellow Line": I am afraid I cannot recall the artist but a painting again much admired by customers: Continuing the motorway/ field theme, this depicts the smear of muted greens, greys and bronzes, smudged stormy vistas, flooded with liquid gold of a setting sun, on the window pane of a speeding car, held in check by the sharp yellow line, which separates us from the wilderness beyond.
Stephen Bower: "Billie Holiday", "Charlie Parker" and other musical greats. Everybody loved these pixelated portraits rippling with a musical vibe which seemed to capture the musical soul of the artists portrayed.

Gabriella Trynkler: Her richly and intricately decorated paintings I had to beg for and even then was rationed by Ken to a mere handful. One customer enamoured with "The Passing of Time" started a kitty with me, to save for it.
Her paintings, whether on musical themes or more esoteric commentaries on life have the sheen and coloration of old, cracked varnish on a well loved violin, the patina of time, colours and patterns recalling Byzantine splendour.

Phil Morsman: Dreamtime (At least I think this is the one I am describing) : A nightmare world, where nothing makes sense and everything is scary, this whisper of a dark bridge, floating in a maelstrom drew me to it in the way a horror movie both attracts and repels. I could not resist the dark call of the incomprehensible, where shadows mimic reality and roads lead to nothing but chaos.

Steve Des Landes: Landscapes and paintings in memory of farmer Howard Smith: Though I was not aware of Steve's work whilst Heart and Soul was in existence, I surely would have tried to twist Ken's arm for one of Steve's atmospheric, autumnal landscapes, with their rosy pink overtones, capturing the setting sun, just as the walls of Heart and Soul did.

And....... so on and on..... many beautiful paintings I was privileged to make acquaintance with and which you can pleasure in once again, at the View Two before it's too late.

SEPTEMBER 2010: CHAOSMOS

An exhibition curated by visual artists and filmmaker Chris Boyd.

In his words:


"Chris Boyd creates unique videos combining exquisite painterly outpourings with hallucinatory animation and live action. Boyd has directed award winning, innovative moving image work across a spectrum of both commercial and non-commercial strands of the visual arts. His multilayered elliptical narratives combine passionate explorations of colour and expressionism, which are both inspiring and frightening in their intensity. These dense fictional webs form the architecture of rich narrative structures that display preoccupations with the complex interrelationships with technology and the multiple dimensions of the existential self."

He curated the Chaosmos and Noise Festival Exhibition for the Liverpool Biennial 2006 which was broadcast on BBC2, so expect an array of mixed media artwork, animations, video and live art.

Read about Chris, his work and projects at http://www.qboyd.com/index.html. (like the pun on the name).

See http://chrisboydism.blogspot.com/ for more about Chaosmos.


See http://www.youtube.com/boydism08 for a video of the 2006 Chaosmos exhibition at View Two, which is quite extraordinary, with its sound, light and interactive videoscapes.


A departure from recent View Two exhibitions and taster for what is to come in the New Year.... possibly.

OCTOBER 2010: STUCKISTS: VARIOUS LONDON ARTISTS


Stuckism, a term apparently coined by Tracey Emin, who exclaimed to her unsurprisingly ex boyfriend, Billy Childish, "Your paintings are stuck, you are stuck! Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!", is a radical and controversial art group, subsequently founded by the rebuffed Childish and Charles Thompson, claiming to be "Against conceptualism, hedonism and the cult of the ego-artist."


"Established" or should that be anti-established, as a movement in 1999 their twenty point original manifesto includes:


8. "It is the Stuckist's duty to explore his/her neurosis and innocence...."


11. "Post Modernism, in its adolescent attempt to ape the clever and witty in modern art, has shown itself to be lost in a cul-de-sac of idiocy...."


13. "Stuckism is anti 'ism'. Stuckism doesn't become an 'ism' because Stuckism is not Stuckism, it is stuck!"


17. "If it is the conceptualist's wish to always be clever, then it is the Stuckist's duty to always be wrong."


18. "The Stuckist is opposed to the sterility of the white wall gallery system and calls for exhibitions to be held in homes and musty museums, with access to sofas, tables, chairs and cups of tea. The surroundings in which art is experienced (rather than viewed) should not be artificial and vacuous...."


20. "Stuckism embraces all that it denounces. We only denounce that which stops at the starting point -- Stuckism starts at the stopping point! "


Which are all thought provoking and with the other fourteen, see http://www.stuckism.com/stuckistmanifesto.html for the full manifesto, leave much room for debate and discussion.

The artists participating in this anarchy at View Two is, as yet unknown but see http://www.stuckism.com/PaintingsList.html#Paintings for some of the artists accepted into the Stuckist fold and examples of their work.

See also http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/exhibitions/stuckists/index.aspx for details of the Walker's 2005 "Stuckists Punk Victorian" exhibition.

It seems appropriate that one of the founders of the movement should be "Childish" and his ex extremely prone to stamping her feet but "out of the mouths of children", even grown up ones and all that, so who knows what this exhibition will bring. The one guarantee is the unexpected. Another step towards metamorphosis.....

NOVEMBER 2010: CHIZ TURNROSS: LOCAL ARTIST AND MUSICIAN

In the words of the Blank Media Collective:


"Chiz Turnross has worked as a freelance artist/designer, musician, filmmaker and art tutor. Turnross has produced work in a range of alternative spaces such as chip shops, back alleys and car boot sales. He has exhibited in the group shows Next Up, Bluecoat, Liverpool; The Independents, Liverpool Biennial, 2008; 1000 Bird Paintings, Bradford 1 Gallery coinciding with the Darwin's bi-centennial celebrations.

Much of his creative output has been in the field of music, as a writer-performer, where early post punk adventures in noise gave way to more considered song craft, fronting Antbear from 2002 -2006.

More experimental work followed, marrying torch song with preset rhythms of junk shop keyboards and continues with present band Elfin Spurs. The music world has also furthered Turnross' collaborative work in pop music promos, designing with Good Time Productions for acts including The Coral, The Zutons, The Beautiful South and The Mountaineers and designing/ directing with his own Black Rainbow Productions for acts such as Wave Machines, Seven Seals, and The Drellas. Some of Turnross' work is represented in The Cartwright Collection"

His November exhibition at the View Two will feature his beautifully stylised and unique take on birds and other creatures.

See his website http://www.chizturnross.co.uk/index.htm for a flavour of his work.

There you are, a taste of what to expect but keep an eye on the View Two website for further information nearer the time: http://www.viewtwogallery.co.uk/

Chumki Banerjee

August 2010