Hubbard & Birchler at Liverpool Biennial

Birchler and Hubbard, The Year without a Summer (2008). Courtesy Tate Liverpool.

The Liverpool Biennial is under way. Organized by the Tate Liverpool, this year’s Made Up theme includes nine special new commissions under the subcategory Between the Real. Encompassing painting, sculpture, installation, video, and drawing, the artists invited include Omar Fast, David Altmejd, Rodney Graham, and Season 3’s Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler.

Tate says it has commissioned works that are “rooted in disparate levels of actuality – history, memory, conflict, art, myth and fable. Using strategies of appropriation and transformation, the artists distort, embellish and rebuild until the familiar nature of our reality is radically displaced.”

Along with show stealers such as Altmejd’s otherwordly sleeping giants, Hubbard & Birchler are presenting The Year without a Summer, a two channel video projection based on paintings of Mary Shelley and her mother installed in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery. You’ll want to know more about this one.