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September 14, 2011

Honky Tonk at the Bluecoat

by gordonmichaelsutton

Only just caught this exhibition that’s been on at The Bluecoat in Liverpool since July and is due to finish on Sunday, 18th September.

Well worth a quick look if you get the chance.  Paintings by US artists, Linda Blackburn and Bruce Lee caught my eye and I’ll definitely be looking to find out more about them. Ashamed to admit I can’t remember who the artist is who created this striking image. Will do my best to update the blog with details later.

Liverpool poet, Adrian Henri, even puts in an appearance; a copy of his collection of poems, ‘Rhino Rhinoceros’ is exhibited, along with other western memorabilia.  Apparently, Henri had originally travelled to San Francisco, only to press on through the West and indulge an emerging and little-known passion.

And this is from the press release;

Honky Tonk, the exhibition, draws similarities between Liverpool, Austin, Nashville and other American cities. Artists from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond bring together art, music and the honky tonk flavour, providing a contemporary response through painting, video, photography and installation. Infused with irony, humour and playfulness, the show explores pleasure through language, behaviour and the DIY nature of entertainment. Also included is archival material provided by local country fans, reflecting a fascination with cowboy culture, Western films and, naturally, music.

Couldn’t have put it better myself.

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