01.09.08 Helga Steppan in 'Art in the Car Park', Liverpool Biennial 2008

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Helga Steppan - The Blind Spot

Helga Steppan has created a new site specific installation for ‘Art in the Car Park’, as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2008

Private View
Thursday 9th October
6pm-9pm

Open to public
Friday 10th October – Sunday 19th October
12noon-5pm daily

CCP Car Park, Duke Street, L1 5AA

Art in the Car Park is a diverse group show in response to the CCP Car Park, Liverpool. The result is a body of new artwork that weaves into the social, economic, political, historical and geographical situation of the site and the city at large.

The exhibition features work by Ryan Barrett, Matt Blackler, Daryl Brown, Rebecca Court, Emmanuelle de la Lubie, Louise Downe, Graham Hughes, Hannah Hull and Oliver MacDonald, Miriam Kings, Iavor Lubomirov, Samantha Mogelonsky, Clare Price and Helga Steppan.

In the 80s, CCP Car Park, based in the heart of Liverpool, housed the offices of a car-sales business. After it was abandoned, it remained dormant in the portfolio of property developers until its rehabilitation by The Art Organisation (TAO) this year. TAO respond to the unique situation of a city in regeneration, negotiating the use of empty buildings for use as rich and compelling temporary space for artists and art.

Liverpool is an 801-year-old city with a unique story. The intractable relationship between Liverpool’s maritime successes, heavy bombing in WWII, slave history, diverse religious demographics, extraordinary cultural diversity and long economic decline make for a city loaded with ambiguous social history. It provides fertile ground for creative commentary at the CCP Car Park.

Says co-Curator Hannah Hull: “Coming from London, Liverpool feels like a breath of fresh air for our artists. Liverpool is a receptive place to be making art right now. There is an artistic freedom here. We are excited to have this opportunity to respond creatively to such a rich environment.”

Curators Hannah Hull, Iavor Lubomirov and Jordan Dalladay-Simpson are dedicated to allowing artists freedom to create work in a range of challenging situations that are relevant to their practice. Working in partnership with TAO, they invited artists to match themselves to this opportunity via an open brief. This allowed an ‘auto-curation’ of site, producing work that could not happen anywhere else.