Eyes, Lies & Stories - Wolstenholme Projects

Wolstenholme Projects is an artist-led not-for-profit project space run by a group of 11 artists, based in Liverpool city centre at 11 Wolstenholme Square.

In an arena familiar with the grab of the grand aesthetic, ‘Eyes, Lies and Stories’ focuses on the playing out of basic illusory effects and knowing lies in the production of some art-experiences. The exhibition plays on the mechanisms that urge a conscious suspension of disbelief in the spectator, upon the construction of a possible agreement that encourages more active engagement in the processing of experience and artistic narratives.

This project takes inspiration from incomplete simulations, in the acknowledgement of the concerned artist(ic) imposter, and in situations where anxieties about the unreliability of vision can be accepted as a starting point.

Highlighting the necessity to go along with trickery within artistic experience can reflect the usage of lies in encouraging engagement with reality (think dramatic narratives used in fly on the wall documentaries), and through letting the spectator in on the pretence/staging, a refusal to alienate that spectator’s power to act/react is asserted.

The show aims to bring together artists, whose practice engages in some of these issues of trickery or sleight of hand, employing these methods as a point of departure offering alternative takes on experience.

Featuring works by Savinder Bual, Karen Logan, Karen McLeod, Jamie Moakes, Alix Poscharsky, and Brychan Tudor.

What: Eyes, Lies & Stories
When: Sat 11 Aug - Sun 26 Aug 2007. Opening times 12 - 6pm Thu to Sun.
Launch event: Fri 10 Aug 2007, featuring live performances from 6.30 - 9.30pm.