Peter Liversidge: Jupiter Proposals 2008-2009
Jupiter Proposals is a collection of one hundred and thirty-four typewritten proposals which Peter Liversidge submitted to Jupiter Artland between 1 December 2008 and 31 January 2009. The proposals present an ambitious range of potential artworks for Jupiter Artland but are in fact an artwork in their own right.
The typewritten proposals, framed and installed in a tight grid, form part of Jupiter’s permanent collection, and have been published as an artist’s book, also titled Jupiter Proposals. Three of the proposals have also been given material existence and are similarly part of Jupiter Artland’s permanent collection: Signpost to Jupiter, Winter Shadow and Midsummer Snowstorm.
“Jupiter Proposals are an invitation, a guide, a beginning for others. I have no control – nor do I want to have control – over how people interact with the proposals. Their imagined realisation belongs solely to others.”
No single category or definition can successfully describe Peter Liversidge’s extraordinarily diverse practice which includes work in almost every conceivable medium: drawing, film, performance, painting, photography, installations and editions/multiples. The subjects of his work can seem equally diverse – from an enduring obsession with the North Montana Plains (a place he has never visited) to a fascination with logos and luxury goods, and a preponderance for subverting our ideas about ‘Nature’ with his use of taxidermied birds and casts of natural objects in incongruous materials, all united by an underlying streak of dark, absurdist humour, and a gently persistent questioning of things.
Liversidge has exhibited widely in Britain and Europe, with exhibitions as part of the Europalia Festival of Arts organised by the British Council in Brussels and at the Centre d’Art Santa Monica in 2008. Liversidge exhibited in ‘The Fifth Floor – Ideas Taking Place’ at Tate Liverpool from December 2008-February 2009. In 2009 Liversidge will also participate in ‘New Programme’, the new curatorial initiative at Bloomberg Space, London, consisting entirely of newly commissioned work. In 2010 he will create a substantial installation within a new programme of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington.
His work is held in private collections worldwide and public collections including the British Council, Government Art Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, Tate Gallery Archive and the Czech Museum of Fine Art, Prague.