|13/03/19 - 24/03/19
|Gina Tsang is continuing on in OUTPUT gallery for our first back to back exhibition.
time around, the artist is presenting her 2018 installation
'Reproduction.' The work was first shown at Tsang's MA Degree Show at
Liverpool John Moores University. The show brings together a video by
the artist and a collection of paintings made by her father Bo, and
acts as a portrait of the differences and similarities between them.
Close replicas of well known Picasso paintings, Bo’s work sometimes
incorporates his own image as well as his partner Dot.
|Why did you make this work?
went to visit my father at work one day, at the beginning of last
summer. He was painting a Picasso mural on the wall at the back of his
work. He's painted copies for years, as long as I can remember, yet at
that moment it felt like something I wanted to capture. Perhaps for
posterity. Also, my dad had a stroke a few years ago and has memory
issues since and it seems so joyful that he's drawn to create these
works so prolifically recently. I decided to make a work (the video)
first for a show on my MA Fine Art last year. Watching my Dad, and
reflecting on his practice made me question my own work and its
contents. I depicted us both in the end - like a portrait of him,
situated in his life (his work and home) and me making work on the
rooftop of LJMU art school. There's a similarity in us both copying,
outlining, filling in, reminiscing. Yet also differences in our levels
of self-reflection, institutionalisation and the aesthetic qualities of
What are you drawing in the video?
went through a stage on my MA of making floorplans. Using paint, sports
hall floor tape, water and in this, chalk. I started with a plan of the
house I grew up (terraced house in the Welsh Streets in Toxteth) which
I painted onto the floor, then taped in the art school foyer. This is
that floorplan, from memory though so it isn't as exact as measuring
it. I wanted it to be more child-like and spontaneous. I work much more
intuitively with video now. I don't storyboard or plan out in advance
really. It just felt like a suitably vulnerable and instinctive
selfportrait which I filmed whilst installing the show for which it
would become a part in comparison to my father's work. What I like
about such plans is that you can neutrally inhabit a past space.
Is your dad an outsider artist?
guess so. I really like Debuffet's term 'art brut' (raw art). Art that
comes from the pure desire for expression without commercial, cultural
or societal concerns. I think authenticity is key here. That creative
urge that's not so self-conscious as you're making it for its own sake.
What I love about my Dad's paintings is he has that respect for past
'great' artists but always puts little tells in them and personalises
them. His wife's name 'Dot' on the ship and his work place 'Wirral
Credit Union' on the building in his mural of Picasso's 'Mediterranean
Landscape'. It's like an art-world biography of his own life.