Karl-Heinz Klopf portrays Liverpool through Austrian eyes at Static Gallery

By Graham Pembrey | 07 January 2010
a photograph of a liverpool street, altered to make two bollards made look like ice creams

Installation: You're Having a Laugh, Static Gallery, Liverpool, January 8-9 2010

Part installation, part performance and party, the final exhibition to mark Austrian artist Karl-Heinz Klopf's five-month residency in Liverpool promises to capture the spirit of a night out in the city.

Inspired by the people he has met, their concerns and aspirations, Klopf has created a diagram to represent North Liverpool's various social groups, which he says he has found united by a determination to "create opportunity and change in their neighbourhoods."

A photo of a band appearing on a red-lit stage

Local band The Young Kicks will play live at the installation preview on Friday night. myspace.com/ theyoungkicks

"I have met so many passionate people," he reflects. "My installation aims to present the links between them all in the context of a great night out."

The diagram, hand drawn using chalk on an oversized blackboard, will be on display alongside sketch-books and videos at the Static Gallery.

A black and white photo of a comedian on stage holding a microphone

Comedian Sam Avery will also appear. Picture: Liverpool Comedy Festival

Local names who have collaborated with Klopf during his time in Merseyside also feature at the preview on Friday. Artist Frank Green, new band Young Kicks and comedian Sam Avery, who will be guest MC for the night, will all be present.

Arriving in England as part of Liverpool Biennial's Urban Interventions programme – a scheme which organises artist exchanges between the city and European counterparts – Klopf has been chronicling urban life in the areas of Everton, Anfield and Breckfield.

A picture of a painting of a football ground

Frank Green has documented the changing face of Liverpool, including this picture of the final game before Liverpool Football Club's famous Kop terrace was rebuilt. © the artist

According to Paul Domela, Programme Director for Liverpool Biennial, his work during the past five months has helped to encourage dialogue between different social networks in these areas, resulting in "a very open conversation that has linked people."

You're Having A Laugh previews on Friday, January 8, and opens for general viewing on Saturday, January 9, from 10am to 5pm.

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