Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Peter Liversidge: Where We Begin at Sean Kelly, New York
December 9, 2011 - January 28, 2012
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Peter Liversidge: Where We Begin at Sean Kelly, New York
December 9, 2011 - January 28, 2012
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Peter Liversidge: Where We Begin at Sean Kelly, New York
December 9, 2011 - January 28, 2012
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Peter Liversidge: Where We Begin at Sean Kelly, New York
December 9, 2011 - January 28, 2012
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Peter Liversidge: Where We Begin at Sean Kelly, New York
December 9, 2011 - January 28, 2012
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Peter Liversidge: Where We Begin at Sean Kelly, New York
December 9, 2011 - January 28, 2012
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Peter Liversidge: Where We Begin at Sean Kelly, New York
December 9, 2011 - January 28, 2012
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Peter Liversidge: Where We Begin at Sean Kelly, New York
December 9, 2011 - January 28, 2012
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Peter Liversidge: Where We Begin at Sean Kelly, New York
December 9, 2011 - January 28, 2012
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Peter Liversidge: Where We Begin at Sean Kelly, New York
December 9, 2011 - January 28, 2012
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

WILL HISTORY BE KIND, 2011
powder coated steel, bulbs
15 3/8 x 256 x 5 3/4 inches (39.1 x 650.2 x 14.6 cm)
unique
PLi-58

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Store Hours, 2011
silkscreen on aluminum
63 x 48 inches (160 x 121.9 cm)
edition of 3 with 2 APs
PLi-55

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Help Wanted, 2011
silkscreen on aluminum
48 x 63 inches (121.9 x 160 cm)
edition of 3 with 2 APs
PLi-56

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

am/pm, 2011
powder coated steel, bulbs and timer switch
18 1/2 x 79 x 5 3/8 inches (47 x 200.7 x 13.5 cm)
unique in its size - comes with a framed certificated proposal
unique
PLi-57

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Proposals for the Sean Kelly Gallery, 2011
A unique set of seventy-five framed typewritten proposals and mixed media, transformer
paper: 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (29.8 x 21 cm) each
framed: 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches (31.1 x 24.1 cm) each
neon: 9 x 9 inches (22.9 x 22.9 cm)
PLi-54

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Upstate Polaroids, Mast, 2011
pair of unique polaroid photographs
image: 3 1/8 x 3 inches (7.9 x 7.6 cm) each
polaroid: 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (10.8 x 8.9 cm) each
framed: 12 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches (32.4 x 27.3 cm) each
PLi-22a,b

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Metro-North train, 2011
DVD, television screen, 15 minutes, 21 seconds looped
dimensions variable
edition of 3 with 1 AP
PLi-70

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Wooden mail objects, 2011
wood and stamps
dimensions variable
unique
PLi-65

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

ready-made, 2011
15 lines of colored neon, transformer
4 x 26 1/2 inches (10.2 x 67.3 cm) each
overall : 4 x 390 inches (10.2 x 990.6 cm) approximate
unique set
PLi-61

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Untitled (Black and White Dice), 2011
Acrylic, poplar wood
dimensions variable
unique
PLi-53

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Upstate Polaroids, Red & Grey Steps, 2011
pair of unique polaroid photographs
image: 2 7/8 x 3 5/8 inches (7.3 x 9.2 cm) each
polaroid: 4 1/8 x 4 inches (10.5 x 10.2 cm) each
framed: 12 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches (32.4 x 27.3 cm) each
PLi-25a,b

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Directional Speaker, 2011
Soundtube Dome speaker, amp, MP3 player, sound
13 x 20 x 20 inches (33 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm)
unique
PLi-64

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Winter Drawing (Summer Version), 30 vs. 31
Winter Drawing (Summer Version), 29 vs. 32,
2011
paper, black masking tape (diptych)
paper: 94 1/2 x 59 3/8 inches (240 x 150.8 cm) each
framed: 98 1/4 x 63 1/8 inches (249.6 x 160.3 cm) each
PLi-48a,b

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Proposal No. 60 (commissioned painting), 2011
acrylic paint on canvas
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches (29.7 x 21 cm)
unique
PLi-71

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Sticks cast in metal, 2011
recycled aluminum casting of found sticks
dimensions variable
unique
PLi-69

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

Tire Monument, 2011
found tires cast in marble dust resin
35 1/2 x 15 inches (90.2 x 38.1 cm) diameter
edition of 3 with 1 AP
PLi-68

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery
Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery
Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

January
Photography: George Liversidge

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

February

Photography: Nils Frahm

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

March
Photography: Mischa Haller

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

April
Photography: Thomas Liversidge

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

May
Photography: Stephanie Gross

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

June
Photography: Kataya Pronin

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

July
Photography: Levin Haegele

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

August
Photography: Michael Muller

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

September
Photography: Cassie Liversidge

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

October
Photograph by Pirje Mykkanen

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

November
Photograph by Judith Mackay

Peter Liversidge Sean Kelly Gallery

December
Photograph by Sakikio Kohashi

Press Release

Sean Kelly Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of Peter Liversidge’s new exhibition, Where We Begin. The opening will take place on Thursday, December 8th, from 6pm until 8pm. The artist will be present.

Where We Begin will be Liversidge’s premiere exhibition with the gallery. From the earliest stages of his career, the genesis of Liversidge’s creative process has been the conceptually-based practice of developing proposals for artworks across a wide range of mediums, including performance, drawing, photography, video and neon. Liversidge types his proposals on an old, manual typewriter; complete with typographical errors and handwritten annotations, the proposals for Where We Begin describe ideas from the practical to the purely hypothetical, which, when viewed in totality, create a unique narrative specifically related to the forthcoming exhibition and the beginning of his relationship with the gallery.

While all of the proposals for Where We Begin will be displayed in the exhibition, the artist has chosen to realize only a select group. In many cases, these realized proposals relate to found objects that Liversidge encountered on his recent visits to New York. Banal, everyday materials are repurposed for his use, in this case stripped of their original intent by being re-made in materials most often associated with fine art: a stack of old tractor tires found on the roadside in upstate New York will be shown as a classical marble sculpture; small twigs from a tree that fell near the artist during a morning walk in Soho will be cast in aluminum; and a commercially-available help wanted sign – found at a local five and dime – will be enlarged to five times its normal size and screen printed on aluminum.

Liversidge’s work often requires the presence of the viewer and their unique interpretation of the proposals to complete the aesthetic experience. The artist’s active engagement with each space and community for which he creates proposals is at the center of his varied and dynamic practice. In one such work for the exhibition, Liversidge has invited the gallery’s postal carrier to create an arrangement of found objects – rulers, t-squares and protractors, among others – that the artist has sent through the mail from London. The arrangement of these objects, displayed on a shelf in the exhibition, will be at the sole discretion of the mail carrier and can be rearranged by her during the course of the show as she sees fit. Other proposed performative actions will take place throughout the duration of the exhibition, some involving gallery staff and others requiring the participation of professional musicians such as Elizabeth Mitchell, who will perform in the gallery on the afternoon of December 17th. Visitors to Where We Begin are also invited to participate in the exhibition by creating artworks through actions outlined by Liversidge within the proposals.

Liversidge has worked with a diverse range of institutions, including the Tate Liverpool in 2008, the Centre d’art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, in 2008, Bloomberg SPACE, London, in 2009 and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, in 2010. He has also developed projects for the Europalia Festival, Brussels, in 2007, Art Basel Miami Beach in 2009 and Edinburgh’s sculpture park, Jupiter Artland, also in 2009. Upcoming exhibitions include Travelling Light, Whitechapel Gallery, London, December 2011 through February 2012 and Proposals for Helsinki at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, in 2012.

A catalogue containing the complete set of proposals for Where We Begin will accompany the exhibition and will be available for sale. 

Checklist

Exterior Façade:

WILL HISTORY BE KIND, 2011
powder coated steel, bulbs
15 3/8 x 256 x 5 3/4 inches (39.1 x 650.2 x 14.6 cm)
unique
PLi-58

Gallery Entrance:

Store Hours, 2011
silkscreen on aluminum
63 x 48 inches (160 x 121.9 cm)
edition of 3 with 2 APs
PLi-55

Help Wanted, 2011
silkscreen on aluminum
48 x 63 inches (121.9 x 160 cm)
edition of 3 with 2 APs
PLi-56

Executive Director’s Office:

am/pm, 2011
powder coated steel, bulbs and timer switch
18 1/2 x 79 x 5 3/8 inches (47 x 200.7 x 13.5 cm)
unique
PLi-57

Gallery 1 (clockwise from south wall):

Proposals for the Sean Kelly Gallery, 2011
unique set of seventy-five framed typewritten proposals,
neon, stone and mirror
paper: 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (29.8 x 21 cm) each
framed: 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches (31.1 x 24.1 cm) each
neon: 9 x 9 inches (22.9 x 22.9 cm)
PLi-54

Corridor:

Upstate Polaroids, Mast, 2011
unique pair of polaroid photographs
image: 3 1/8 x 3 inches (7.9 x 7.6 cm) each
polaroid: 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (10.8 x 8.9 cm) each
framed: 12 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches (32.4 x 27.3 cm) each
numbered, dated and signed in pencil by the artist, verso
PLi-22a,b

Gallery 2 (clockwise from east wall):

Metro-North train, 2011
DVD, television screen, 15 minutes, 21 seconds looped
dimensions variable
edition of 3 with 1 AP
PLi-70

Wooden mail objects, 2011
wood and stamps
dimensions variable
unique
PLi-65

ready-made, 2011
unique set of 15 colored neons, transformer
overall: 4 x 390 inches (10.2 x 990.6 cm) approximate
unique
PLi-61

ready-made, 2011
15 unique works each comprised of one color in the above work
4 x 26 1/2 inches (10.2 x 67.3 cm) each
unique
PLi-61

Untitled (Black and White Dice), 2011
acrylic, poplar wood
dimensions variable
unique
PLi-53

Main Gallery (clockwise from north wall):

Upstate Polaroids, Red & Grey Steps, 2011
pair of unique polaroid photographs
image: 2 7/8 x 3 5/8 inches (7.3 x 9.2 cm) each
polaroid: 4 1/8 x 4 inches (10.5 x 10.2 cm) each
framed: 12 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches (32.4 x 27.3 cm) each
numbered, dated and signed in pencil by the artist, verso
PLi-25a,b

Directional Speaker, 2011
Soundtube Dome speaker, amp, MP3 player, sound
13 x 20 x 20 inches (33 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm)
unique
PLi-64

Winter Drawing (Summer Version), 30 vs. 31
Winter Drawing (Summer Version), 29 vs. 32, 2011
pair of unique drawings, paper, black masking tape
paper: 94 1/2 x 59 3/8 inches (240 x 150.8 cm) each
framed: 98 1/4 x 63 1/8 inches (249.6 x 160.3 cm) each
PLi-48a,b

Proposal No. 60 (commissioned painting), 2011
acrylic paint on canvas
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches (29.7 x 21 cm)
unique
PLi-71

Main Gallery (center):

Sticks cast in metal, 2011
recycled aluminum casting of found sticks
dimensions variable
unique
PLi-69

Tire Monument, 2011
found tires cast in marble dust resin
35 1/2 x 15 inches (90.2 x 38.1 cm) diameter
edition of 3 with 1 AP
PLi-68

Main Gallery (clockwise from south wall):

Upstate Polaroids, Building with Yellow Snow Plough
and Sun Shade, 2011
pair of unique polaroid photographs
image: 3 1/8 x 3 inches (7.9 x 7.6 cm) each
polaroid: 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (10.8 x 8.9 cm) each
framed: 12 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches (32.4 x 27.3 cm) each
numbered, dated and signed in pencil by the artist, verso
PLi-14a,b

Free Signs, 2011
found signage, mixed media
dimensions variable
unique set
PLi-59

EVERY DAY, 2011
neon, transformer
EVERY: 12 3/4 x 48 1/4 inches (32.4 x 122.6 cm)
DAY: 12 3/4 x 27 1/2 inches (32.4 x 69.9 cm)
Overall: 28 1/4 x 48 1/4 inches (71.8 x 122.6 cm)
edition of 7
PLi-63
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