DEAD PIGEON GALLERY 

@189 OAKFIELD ROAD

DEAD PIGEON GALLERY is a moving exhibition space that has recently taken up short term residence at 189 oakfield road. Now, when i heard that there would be an exhibition in an abandoned house in anfield called dead pigeon, i’ve gotta admit i was a little sceptical. But attending their opening night truly restored my faith in liverpool's artistic communities. This event gathered a diverse crowd of art loving neighbours who all took the time to really appreciate not only the art, but the organisation & importantly, the other people in the room. This may seem obvious, but this is genuinely the first time that I have attended an exhibition launch and not immediately felt alienated by pompous chitchat or the cold inquisition of arts networking.

Walking through the paint chipped, loose floorboarded, windowless house was like tiptoeing through someone else's childhood memories. The creaking staircase led the way up to 4 familiar looking rooms. In the bathroom, a tv stood in place of a toilet & played a video of a building being demolished in slow motion (by Lena Simic). Although pretty hypnotizing, watching this in a derelict house gave the video a sense of urgency I think would be lost in a more traditional gallery setting. The house became inseparable from the art and brought with it the fight of an overlooked community on the brink of destruction. Pinned against an embroidered football banner by a crowd of people attempting to squeeze past one another, I couldn’t help but take in the whole community that this particular house has come to represent. Generations of love, history, ambition & rebellion now bursting the seems of this little terraced house and spilling out onto the street.

 

Downstairs held an overwhelming timeline charting the history of the place & a hidden gem of an installation under the stairs. Tim Brunsden’s videos of different entrances to the river Mersey were projected onto the cupboard floor (pictured right), the fit was so perfect that it resembled a hidden portal to the river.

 

No matter which room you enter in number 189, the art will transport you to world beyond the physical.

 

The exhibition can still be viewed until December – so get in touch here to book a slot.

 

Rachel 

 

photos by Rachel & Tim Brunsden (click image for link) 

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