CAVE fair lays on 45 dynamic artists to accompany Liverpool Biennial

By Ben Miller | 13 September 2012
A photo of a man dressed as a tiger standing in an art gallery surrounded by works
Oliver Braid, My Five new Friends (2012). Installation detail© Oliver Braid
Fair Preview: CAVE, Baltic Creative Campus, Liverpool, until September 16 2012

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Ben Wheele, Fashionable Teenager (2012)© Ben Wheele
The city’s Biennial might be all the rage in Liverpool this week, but the enthusiastic duo behind this fair – Flis Mitchell and Kevin Hunt, a pair of artists and curators usually based at artist-led gallery The Royal Standard – have come up with a worthy independent counterpoint to one of the world’s finest art festivals.

They want it to be a new model for fairs, welcoming 45 dynamic unrepresented artists who will pocket all of the proceeds from the modestly-priced works on show.

“We feel that the time is right for something different,” explains Mitchell, whose exhibition is also a fee-less one for its participants.

“We want it to be an ambitious and exciting commercial addition at the time of the festival.”

“People will be able to buy something bespoke, handmade and original for less than many factory-produced blips on the high street,” adds Hunt.

“It means they can engage directly with the artists who made the work.”

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James McLardy, Y Morals (2012)© Photo: Ruth Clark
Painting, drawing, sculpture and film all play their part, as well as performances, a series of secret talks and, somewhat enticingly, the promise of “urban shamanic rituals.”

Contributors include former Jerwood Drawing Prize winner and Studio Voltaire resident Frances Stacey, Royal Standard Director Sam Venables, and Pil and Galia Kollectiv, regulars at London and Israeli galleries with works such as Asparagus: A Horticultural Ballet (a film communication through the medium of the vegetable) to their name.

More pictures:

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Nicki McCubbing, I'm a Touched up Freak on a Winning Streak (2010)© Nicki McCubbing
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Jason Thompson, From Flight (Dellschau) (2012)© Jason Thompson
A photo of various minimalist objects inside a gallery, including a mirror and a mirrorball
Tom Nolan, Wilderness Scene (2010)© Tom Nolan
A photo of a large jutting slab of black and grey coffin-like sculpture inside a gallery
Ana Genoves, Grouder (2011)© Ana Genoves
A photo of a vast canvas of swirling blue and turqouise seas hanging on a gallery wall
Christian Newby, Humiliate the Host (2011)© Christian Newby
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