28 June 2016


David Alker and Peter Liddell’s 'Fabrications Ornementales' installation at Rhubaba Gallery, Edinburgh June 2016.
Exhibited with Marcel Broodthaers ‘A Voyage on the North Sea' as part of Daniella Watson’s Performance and Installation ‘ How to Survive on Land and Sea’ 18-26 June.

David Alker and Peter Liddell’s 'Fabrications Ornementales' installation at Rhubaba Gallery, Edinburgh June 2016.
Exhibited with Marcel Broodthaers ‘A Voyage on the North Sea' as part of Daniella Watson’s Performance and Installation ‘ How to Survive on Land and Sea’ 18-26 June.

28 April 2015

 
Mondrian's Studio installation at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 2004. Filmed by Sophia Crilly.

14 February 2014

Mondrian's Studio installation at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 2004.






Mondrian's Studio
On 13 October 2004 David Alker and Peter Liddell’s exhibition Mondrian’s Studio opened at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. The Studio was a scale reproduction of Piet Mondrian’s studio in New York at 15 East 59th Street. The artist lived there for five months between 1 October 1943 and 1 February 1944 working on his final, ultimately unfinished, painting `Victory Boogie Woogie.` For six weeks after his death in 1944 the studio was opened to the public as an act of homage before being dismantled. Some sections of the studio, known as the ‘wall works’ were shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Since then the building itself, close to Central Park, has been demolished.

Alker and Liddell’s installation in the gallery on Hewitt Street occupied the whole of the ground floor of the gallery. It was a detailed copy of the original studio with its idiosyncratic, home-made furniture and its whitewashed walls patterned with brightly coloured pieces of card. In its reconstruction, the artists manipulated the scale of the studio to disconcerting effect. In a paper written in response to the exhibition Dr Michael White commented:

‘It is large enough to step into but so small that one has to imagine the artist about a foot and a half tall. The effect is to create an eerie sense of distance while highlighting the status of the studio as a model that has somehow failed to become reality proper.’

With its emphasis on architecture as sculptural form and the elimination of everything but the physicality of the studio in which Mondrian positioned his coloured paper shapes the installation highlighted the intense nature of Mondrian’s working process. In an essay for Arts Review entitled ‘Space is the Place’ Paul Farley described how ‘the artist’s private space of contemplation and decision-making – has begun to find itself exhibited and treated as art.’

Mondrian’s Studio was an Arts Council funded project curated by Yuen Fong Ling and constructed by Steve Connor. The exhibition was accompanied by an essay by John Calcutt of Glasgow School of Art. It was one of a series of reconstructions by David Alker and Peter Liddell questioning the origins and legacy of Modernism in 20th century art. The series included The Last Futurist Exhibition based on Kasimir Malevich’s installation for the Dobychina Gallery Petrograd and The Installation for Galerie Iris Clert based on ‘Le Vide’ by Yves Klein. In the true spirit of ‘reconstruction’ it was dismantled after the exhibition closed on 21 November 2004.

Ten years later in June 2014 Tate Liverpool is exhibiting ‘Mondrian and his Studios: Abstraction into the World.’ The highlight of the exhibition will be a life-size reconstruction of Mondrian’s Studio at the Rue Depart in Paris which will allow visitors to ‘immerse themselves in Mondrian’s creative world’. 

23 July 2013



01 July 2013

The 2008 Fall Albums League

The 2008 Fall Albums League
acrylic in cream cracker  each 70 x 70 mm  2009
to be exhibited in Art + Film + Sound: The Fall/Mark E. Smith, Gallopperiet, Stadens Museum for Kunst, Christiania, Copenhagen
The Top 20

10 June 2013

The Fall Record Collection




The Fall Record Collection   

acrylic on cream cracker  70 x 70 mm  2006
Collection of Sebastian Cording 
to be exhibited at Gallery Gallopperiet  Copenhagen
plus The 2008 Fall Albums League 2009
So many to collect

15 May 2012

Record Collection: Autobahn

Autobahn   

acrylic on cream cracker 70 x 70 mm  2007
Collection of Kath Russell 
 Everyone should have one in their collection