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  • Thu, 26 Apr 2012 - Sat, 09 Jun 2012
  • 4.00 PM - 6.00 PM
Private view: 4pm-7pm, Thursday 26 April 2012
Exhibition continues: 10am-6.00pm daily until 9 June 2012 as part of Liverpool Art Month

Seven artists from the Bluecoat’s creative community have joined together to create this exhibition for Liverpool Art Month. They have taken the Vide* at the Bluecoat as an inspiration point, which lead them to explore the constructs, connotations and implications of ‘the Void’.

* The Vide is the multiple height space you can see in to from the ground floor by the lift and down in to from Top Floor exhibition space. It was called the Vide by its architects: Biq Architecten (of Rotterdam, NL) as it means ‘void’ in Dutch.

Lisa Cole Kronenburg
Fissure, painting, 2012   

The paintings I have included in this exhibition allude to the presence of a void – whether it is the distance beyond the horizon, the formless space of a floating world or the gap between two planes. While the idea of absence, emptiness, nothingness or ‘staring into the abyss’ can arouse feelings of terror and futility, for me the spaces in-between or the spaces beyond invite contemplation and reflection. The emptiness in my paintings is full of the possibility, the hope, that there is something beyond my reach or comprehension. It is this emptiness or ‘void’ that gives meaning, structure and substance to my work. 

Lucy Fry

‘Void’ can hold positive connotations – empty space can be a liberating factor, blank canvas providing an opportunity to create. Here I explore the offsetting of positive and negative material, how void space can be exciting and dynamic, and an integral part of design.


Home is Where I Live Inside Me, Oil on board, 2012

welcome, friends,
to the void
there is nothing to fear
a void is a temporary state
a void is space for something new to happen
at night you clear your mind
entering darkness, you sleep
the void becomes a space for dreaming
a void is a sacred space
my head is filled with images
so many, i don't know which way to turn
time to make a painting of emptiness
now there is space for me to know what comes next    

Rosalind Hargreaves

Painting, 2012

To enter somewhere and experience a sense of loss can be a realisation of the value of what was once present. The presence of absence can have a poignancy which can evoke a sadness yet a concurrently very positive memory. Sometimes it is on recalling a place, sometimes it is on going back and physically entering these spaces that the void encountered highlights the need for that which fulfils- the replete and the beautiful. In response to the void the work seeks to capture the reality of emptiness and desolation with the human need for that which is abundant.

Bob Porter

Text to follow shortly.

Markus Soukup

Silverline , 2008 – 2012, print on aluminium, 20x20cm  

Two photographs made out of one, taken during a sailing trip in the Mediterranean sea from Gibraltar to Cadiz in 2008. A memorable moment of being at a certain time at a particular geographical location. A basic meditative fascination 'made' by a constellation and defined by the position of the subject in relation to the earth's position in the solar system. A possibility to wonder if the moment might have (had) an impact on the time after. The work plays with the impact of 'framing' in relation to the perception of a whole and how our perception and interpretation depends on our concepts of understanding based upon (scientific) knowledge.

Christine Toh

Installation, 2012

Hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees are detained in British prisons beyond the time of their sentence without any reasonable justification. With no time limit on immigration detention powers detainees can be locked up for weeks, months or in some cases even years waiting for their cases to be resolved. The distress endured has been proved to damage mental health of detainees. This piece of work tries to capture the infinite feeling of emptiness and hopelessness detainees are confronted with and the complete depravation of hope to hang on to. Facing the unknown or the void they are just hanging on a thin thread that could snap anytime.


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