A Photography exhibition and site tours of Pilkington Glass HQ By Kevin Casey
This exhibition is the culmination of a two-year project undertaken by artist Kevin Casey. Part documentary photography, part archival re-presentation and part making ends meet, as Casey’s ‘night job’ as an on-site security guard at the former Pilkington Glass Headquarters became his ‘day job’ as an artist, the work presented tells the story of an uncertain future, tense present and captivating past.
The collection, including C-Type prints, archive film, projections and uncovered artefacts also testifies to the situation that Casey found himself in – part voyeur and part guardian – whilst drawing the viewers’ attention to the vicissitudes of contemporary capitalism and its contested relationship to our recent industrial and manufacturing past.
Further to the works on display at Alexandra Park, visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to visit selected spaces within the former Pilkington Glass complex, designed by the mid-20th Century Architect, Edwin Maxwell Fry, of Fry and Drew.
A short tour will include a visit to the modernist Tower whose Armourclad panels have dominated the skyline of St. Helen’s since the complexes construction in the late 1950s. Avinash Chandra’s back-lit, abstract relief panel of stained, fused glass and Jon Humphrey Spender’s artwork can also be viewed, as well as the panelled lift lobby, former canteen and elements of the landscaped grounds, including the north lake and concrete bridge.
As much of the site is not normally publicly accessible, the exhibition and short tour provides a rare opportunity to view a Modernist landmark and exhibited materials that possess a deep local and global significance.
Press Launch – Thursday 3rd May 4pm
The Exhibition and site tours commence on Friday 4th May and then every Saturday and Sunday until the 7th June.
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Book of the project
A book of the project will also be launched on Thursday 3rd May and will be available to purchase at the exhibition and online.
About Kevin Casey
Kevin is a freelance Photographer, film-maker and teacher and trades under the company name of Lens Based Media. Casey’s practice ranges from Fine Art, Documentary, experimental practices to commercial freelance. His first book publication was the typology documentation ‘Closing Time’ – The Lost Pubs of Liverpool – 2010 (Bluecoat Press). Casey has exhibited, displayed and have had work commissioned for; Look Liverpool Photography Festival, FACT, University of Liverpool, TATE, RIBA, John Cage Music Circus, A Foundation, Open Eye Gallery.
Graphic artwork for the project exhibition, gallery guides, identity, logos and book publication by Matt Lewis. Written work, research and interviews by Laura Robertson. Sound design and production by Joe Oxley (TVAM). Sound artistry by Mick Mcloughlin. Exhibition display design, head liaison of tour guides and written work in response to the site and project by Jo Hudson.