From 21st-30th January 2022 one of the last remaining early warehouses on Liverpool's dock road opens as a contemporary art space, re-imagined by the artists as a Greek temple of the classical period.
A Temple in the Present Perfect Progressive Tense explores ideas of ancient pilgrimage, philosophy and sanctuary. A range of found and created artworks will be presented in a unique, albeit dilapidated environment, yet one which shares some remarkable characteristics with the temples of antiquity. Interventions both in the warehouse and its wider dockland environment acknowledge this relationship and are informed by the model of famous Greek sanctuaries at Olympia, Delphi and Delos.
Recent work by Elcock has increasingly focused on the metaphysical properties of found objects. For this exhibition items gathered from peripatetic practice are presented individually as votive offerings and as an ensemble, a portrait of their diverse origination preserved in a kind of silent Socratic dialogue. Discarded materials and natural forms have been modified to allow for a fuller expression of their essence of being.
Jeans is showing works that continue his exploration of ideas around identity from within the portrait sculpture tradition, and use the particularities of his craft to shine a distinctive light upon our perceptions of ourselves and others. With many direct and indirect references to classical thinking, his art ponders the frailty of the human condition and the malleability of the human presence within the complex social contexts of everyday life.