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6 October - 22 December 2017

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Poetry and Photography series: Chris Routledge & Rebecca Goss

24 October 2017

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The Lost and Found Labyrinth: Dementia and Wellbeing Day

27 October 2017

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Book Launch: ‘M62: The Trans-Pennine Motorway’, Kevin Crooks

16 November 2017

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Who We Are

22 June - 26 June 2017

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OPEN 3: AFFECTING CHANGE

7 July - 17 September 2017

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Tate Exchange Liverpool

27 November - 29 November 2016

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Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

28 October - 18 December 2016

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40 Years of Open Eye Gallery: 1977-2017

5 January 2017

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North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

6 January - 19 March 2017

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Culture Shifts: Global

7 April - 18 June 2017

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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

9 October 2016

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Toxteth

9 October 2016

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Positive Changes at The Atkinson

9 October 2016

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Kirkby

9 October 2016

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St Helens

9 October 2016

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Exhibition: Halton

9 October 2016

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Wirral: Another Language/ In The Pink Room

9 October 2016

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Animator Training

9 October 2016

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Liverpool Biennial 2016

9 July - 16 October 2016

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Walter & Zoniel: Spectra

9 July - 16 October 2016

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Tromarama

9 July - 31 July 2016

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Telling Tales

6 July - 11 July 2016

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Collected Possibilities

15 June - 19 June 2016

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Open 2: Pieces of You

15 April - 5 June 2016

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Flat Death: Edgar Martins & Jordan Baseman

15 January - 3 April 2016

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Edith Tudor-Hart: Quiet Radicalism

2 March - 29 April 2013

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Mishka Henner: Precious Commodities

2 March - 29 April 2013

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A Lecture Upon The Shadow

7 December - 17 February 2013

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Kohei Yoshiyuki: Liverpool Biennial 2012

15 September - 25 November 2012

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E. Chambre Hardman

7 December - 17 February 2013

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Mark Morrisroe: Liverpool Biennial 2012

15 September - 25 November 2012

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Sinta Tantra – Together, Yet Forever Apart: Liverpool Biennial 2012

1 September - 1 January 2014

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Still Outside (Or Unexplained)

22 June - 2 September 2012

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Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures

22 June - 2 September 2012

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Richard Mosse: Infra

30 March - 10 June 2012

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Simon Norfolk: For Most of It I Have No Words: Genocide, Landscape, Memory

30 March - 10 June 2012

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Emily Speed: Nothing Is Finished, Nothing Is Perfect, Nothing Lasts

30 March - 2 September 2012

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Painted Photographs

13 January - 18 March 2012

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Richard Simpkin And Simone Lueck: Richard & Famous

13 January - 18 March 2012

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Mitch Epstein: American Power

5 November - 23 December 2011

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Chris Steele-Perkins: The Pleasure Principle

5 November - 23 December 2011

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S Mark Gubb: Good Sailing…

5 November - 18 March 2012

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Festive Photo Fayre

16 December - 20 December 2015

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Curious Gallery: An Exhibition Designed By Children

11 December - 13 December 2015

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Zanele Muholi: VUKANI/RISE

18 September - 29 November 2015

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Open 1

16 May - 23 August 2015

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Metamorphosis Of Japan After The War

22 January - 26 April 2015

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Robert Heinecken: Lessons In Posing Subjects

7 November - 11 January 2015

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Not All Documents Are Records: Photographing Exhibitions As An Art Form

5 July - 19 October 2014

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Paul Morrison: Urformen

1 June - 1 December 2016

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Ebb And Flow: A Visual Chronicle Of The Changes Within Liverpool’s Chinatown

17 May - 22 June 2014

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Letizia Battaglia: Breaking The Code Of Silence

22 February - 4 May 2014

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Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark: The Piers From Here

7 December - 9 February 2014

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Tim Hetherington: You Never See Them Like This

6 September - 24 November 2013

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Charles Fréger: The Wild And The Wise

17 May - 26 August 2013

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Eva Stenram: Drape

17 May - 26 August 2013

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ALVIN BALTROP AND GORDON MATTA-CLARK: THE PIERS FROM HERE

ALVIN BALTROP AND GORDON MATTA-CLARK: THE PIERS FROM HERE

ALVIN BALTROP AND GORDON MATTA-CLARK: THE PIERS FROM HERE

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Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark: The Piers From Here

7 December - 9 February 2014

Open Eye Gallery is proud to bring together, for the first time in the UK, the work of photographer Alvin Baltrop (1948 – 2004) and that of the ‘anarchitect’ Gordon Matta-Clark (1943 – 1978), whose pivotal role in the field of photography has been often overlooked.

The exhibition focuses on the area of the Piers in New York City during the mid 1970s, and speaks of the state of abandonment and dilapidation these underwent as a consequence of the oil crisis that reconfigured the geography of the city as well as the international market and trading system.

The New York piers act as a mirror or counterpart of the Liverpool’s docklands. Historically linked via the transatlantic route that since Colonial times, connected Europe to the Americas, the Piers in New York and the docks in Liverpool experienced a similar process of transformation. Being unproductive and deserted, these were gradually reclaimed by an invisible population who used them for a variety of activities, spanning from gay cruising, drug-dealing and smuggling to prostitution, but also bringing together an underground community of visual artists, musicians, film-makers, performers and photographers.

Whilst Gordon Matta-Clark was pursuing the idea that art could act as a catalyst for urban regeneration and land re-appropriation, Baltrop investigated the life at the margins, mapping hedonistic displays of flesh, occasional sexual intercourse, corpses that could be mistaken for sleeping squatters (and vice versa) and other traces of humanity hidden amongst the interstices of society, notwithstanding the sense of freedom and liberation originating in the sexual revolution.

In 1975 Gordon Matta-Clark illegally entered and took over Pier 52, a huge corrugated iron structure, almost classic in its majesty and to put it in Gordon’s words “completely overrun by the gays”. There he created one of his famous ‘cuts’ entitled Day’s End, a spectacular anti-monumental intervention brought to life by the rotation of the sun, that could enter the building thus reflecting in the water of Hudson River. As Matta-Clark was creating this architectural installation made of light, shadows and water, Alvin Baltrop kept documenting the activity of the only other occupants at the Piers. The encounter resulting from their different approaches is documented in this exhibition, that represents an occasion to look back at those years, reflecting on gentrification and regeneration across the ocean and at the simultaneous disappearance of the underground (sub)culture.

This exhibition is in collaboration with The Alvin Baltrop Trust and Third Streaming, New York and the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark and David Zwirner, New York/London.

The exhibition is supported by Homotopia Festival.

Download the eBook HERE.

Download the audio guide HERE.

Open Eye Gallery is proud to bring together, for the first time in the UK, the work of photographer Alvin Baltrop (1948 – 2004) and that of the ‘anarchitect’ Gordon Matta-Clark (1943 – 1978), whose pivotal role in the field of photography has been often overlooked.

The exhibition focuses on the area of the Piers in New York City during the mid 1970s, and speaks of the state of abandonment and dilapidation these underwent as a consequence of the oil crisis that reconfigured the geography of the city as well as the international market and trading system.

The New York piers act as a mirror or counterpart of the Liverpool’s docklands. Historically linked via the transatlantic route that since Colonial times, connected Europe to the Americas, the Piers in New York and the docks in Liverpool experienced a similar process of transformation. Being unproductive and deserted, these were gradually reclaimed by an invisible population who used them for a variety of activities, spanning from gay cruising, drug-dealing and smuggling to prostitution, but also bringing together an underground community of visual artists, musicians, film-makers, performers and photographers.

Whilst Gordon Matta-Clark was pursuing the idea that art could act as a catalyst for urban regeneration and land re-appropriation, Baltrop investigated the life at the margins, mapping hedonistic displays of flesh, occasional sexual intercourse, corpses that could be mistaken for sleeping squatters (and vice versa) and other traces of humanity hidden amongst the interstices of society, notwithstanding the sense of freedom and liberation originating in the sexual revolution.

In 1975 Gordon Matta-Clark illegally entered and took over Pier 52, a huge corrugated iron structure, almost classic in its majesty and to put it in Gordon’s words “completely overrun by the gays”. There he created one of his famous ‘cuts’ entitled Day’s End, a spectacular anti-monumental intervention brought to life by the rotation of the sun, that could enter the building thus reflecting in the water of Hudson River. As Matta-Clark was creating this architectural installation made of light, shadows and water, Alvin Baltrop kept documenting the activity of the only other occupants at the Piers. The encounter resulting from their different approaches is documented in this exhibition, that represents an occasion to look back at those years, reflecting on gentrification and regeneration across the ocean and at the simultaneous disappearance of the underground (sub)culture.

This exhibition is in collaboration with The Alvin Baltrop Trust and Third Streaming, New York and the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark and David Zwirner, New York/London.

The exhibition is supported by Homotopia Festival.

Download the eBook HERE.

Download the audio guide HERE.

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