Last Chance to See: Life's an Illusion Love is a Dream at Liverpool's Royal Standard

By Culture24 Reporter | 22 July 2013

Exhibition preview: Life's an Illusion Love is a Dream, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, until July 27 2013

A photo of a small sculpture of a temple inside a see-through case
David Osbaldeston, Impossible Objects (Holy Sepulchre & Ka'ba Reciprocated)© David Osbaldeston
Shooting squarely for the epic, The Royal Standard’s three-artist exhibition is based partly around Quintilian’s assertion that art reflects the flame of humanity, partly around The Unknown Masterpiece, a 19th century story by Honoré de Balzac on the inspirational ecstasy of encountering a masterpiece.

Colossal, magnificent and heroic, there seems a certain underlying suggestion that the notion of a masterpiece has become diluted.

All of the artists create more than the individual parts they use, exemplified by the domestic premiere of new works by David Osbaldeston, whose “sideways glance” peers into a “reconstruction of the familiar”.

Rod Maclachlan wields a sculptor’s perspective with his paintbrush. Theatricality and the suspension of disbelief are at play in his episcopic projections, partly informed by objects his late father left behind.

Death – specifically, Marguerite Dura’s short book Malady of Death – interested Kaye Donachie through its description of a muse, which she allied with Matisse’s “sensuous outlines” of the female form.

“The description of the muse is of a vague, almost absent form on to which ideas and emotions can be projected,” she explains.

“The muse is fragmented, an apparition, fading in and out of focus as the day passes into night.

“The muse in Matisse’s paintings is reduced to an animated form or a negative shape. The woman is a motif, a seductive form around which the painting is constructed and visualised.”

More pictures:

A photo of a sculpture of an ancient ruler against a black background
Roderick Maclachlan, Single Sage Seconda© Roderick Maclachlan
A photo of a kind of floaty painting of a muse figure
Kaye Donachie, I've so many Reasons to lose Myself© Kaye Donachie
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