Posts tagged with 'painting'
Here, Andy McCluskey of OMD tells us of the band’s links and love for Dazzle Ships:
What began as a humble request for us to be allowed to put a musique concrete installation into the ‘dazzled’ Edmund Gardner has somehow, and rather wonderfully, escalated into two concerts, a display case full of our history and memorabilia, and a mini film festival.
Our interest in Dazzle Ships began in 1983 when artist and sleeve designer Peter Saville showed us a Vorticist painting by Edward Wadsworth entitled ‘Dazzle Ship in dry dock at Liverpool’ and asked if we could write some appropriate music as he wished to create an album sleeve inspired by the fractured imagery. We duly obliged with a record that not only contained a title track Dazzle Ships, but also reflected the dark and fearfully disjointed mentality of early eighties geo-politics.
The subsequent tour featured a Dazzle-themed constructivist-style stage set and weirdly wonderful presentations of some of the songs that involved semaphore flag mimes by the band and the moving set ‘playing’ the title track without the band onstage. Unsurprisingly, the whole spectacle confounded and enraptured both audience and critics in equal measure.
The intervening 30 years has seen the knowledge of Dazzle camouflage expand across the globe and filter into a variety of art forms as diverse as dance, fashion, architecture and film. The latest manifestation has been the ‘dazzling’ of two ships. The Edmund Gardner in Liverpool and HMS President in London as part of the 14-18 NOW commemorations.
We have created new Dazzle sounds to be played inside the engine room of the Edmund Gardner; the first Dazzle Ship in a Liverpool dry dock for one hundred years. Also, we have curated a mini film festival in the Museum of Liverpool’s theatre that includes documentary, product branding, contemporary art and animated films reflecting the broad cultural infusion and influence of Dazzle Camouflage.
The Museum of Liverpool is displaying many items from Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark’s early career, such as our first synthesizer, the drum machine that played the intro to international hit Enola Gay, and the tape machine called Winston that was effectively the reason why two teenagers from the ‘other side of the river Mersey’ were able to countenance the crazy idea of being a band of only two musicians. This whole series of events culminates in OMD playing two concerts in the Museum of Liverpool on 1 & 2 November where many tracks from the Dazzle Ships album will be performed, including two that have never been presented live before.
Liverpool’s Dazzle Ship is a co-commission by 1418 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commission, Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool, in partnership with the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Renowned artist Carlos Cruz-Diez worked with the idea of dazzle using the historic Edmund Gardner pilot ship owned and conserved by the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The work has been realised by painters from Cammell Laird.
The title of the work is ‘Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence pour l’Edmund Gardner Ship / Liverpool. Paris, 2014′.
Rose Wylie was announced the 29th winner of the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker last month, but do the public agree with the jurors’ decision?
Visitors to the exhibition have been voting in their thousands for their favourite work to win the £2,014 visitors’ choice jack pot, sponsored by Rathbones. But with voting open until 2 November there is still plenty to time to make a difference! Read more…
22 August 2014 by Lisa
Our third ‘Talk Tuesdays’ guest blog is by John Moores Painting Prize shortlisted artist Juliette Losq. Her delicate yet disorientating watercolour, ‘Vinculum’, dominates almost an entire wall in the exhibition.
7 August 2014 by Laura
19 May 2014 by Lynn
Recently, I was lucky enough to meet Kathryn, pictured here, who as well as working for the NHS is also a member of National Museums Liverpool. Kathryn loves art, particularly medieval art, and wants it to be looked after for others to enjoy.
She is so passionate about this that she has decided to give a financial gift in her will towards the conservation of artworks at the Walker Art Gallery. We wanted to know more about why she has chosen to do this, so we invited her to see behind the scenes in our paintings conservation department.
8 May 2014 by Laura
While nervous Liverpool fans pray that West Ham can deliver them a helpful victory over Manchester City this weekend, they may be surprised to know that the Lady Lever Art Gallery holds a very special piece of footballing history connected to the Hammers. Read more…
22 April 2014 by Laura
It’s been a busy few weeks for the John Moores Painting Prize. We recently announced the longlist, or those 52 artists who have been selected for the exhibition. This was the culmination of an arduous judging process which began with more than 2,500 entries
This year I spent some time in the judging room and got to see first hand how the selection is made. Read more…
3 March 2014 by Louise
International Women’s Day has been recognised since the early 1900s and is now officially takes place on 8 March every year. The day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements that women have made and also highlights the areas that need attention. Read more…
National Museums Liverpool handling and transport technician Danny John writes about his recent courier trip:
“The Holburne Museum in Bath is currently hosting the exhibition Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond. Two paintings from the Walker Art Gallery’s collection ‘The Girandola’ and ‘Death and the old man’ are on loan to the exhibition, so I travelled to Bath with them as the courier. Read more…