In early 2020, Autosuggestions opened at The Sunday Painter in London, but the show closed early due to COVID restrictions. We will give this exhibition new life by bringing it into our Project Space.
To create wall-based sculptures, the artist scoured his local scrapyards to source a generational and global mix of cars, ranging from a 1956 Chevrolet to a 2011 Porsche. Fitzmaurice deconstructs and adapts the objects, resulting in a series of mask-like creations that seem almost-human. In this new form they appear to convey emotions, ranging from rage, looking pensive, meek or even erratic; ensuring that there will always be a sentiment we can relate to. Autosuggestions is part of Fitzmaurice’s ongoing series of works titled Autos (2013-present).
Artist In-Conversation: Leo Fitzmaurice with Paul Carey-Kent
25 February 2021, 5:30-7pm
Join curator and writer Paul Carey-Kent and artist Leo Fitzmaurice as they discuss the artist’s latest body of work for Humber Street Gallery, Enjoy Civic Life.
Digital Discussion Forum: Semiotics, Signs and Language
4 March 2021, 6:30-8:30pm
Signs, symbols and their meaning play a key role in Leo Fitzmaurice’s artistic practice. Join artist and writer Nick Thurston for this online discussion forum surrounding Semiotics, the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.
Nick Thurston is a writer and editor who makes artworks. He is the author of two experimental poetry books and writes regularly for the literary and arts press as well as for independent and academic publications. From 2006–18 he was a co-editor of the influential publishing collective Information As Material (York). His most recent book is the co-edited collection, Post-Digital Cultures of the Far Right (Transcript, 2019). Recent exhibitions include shows at Transmediale (Berlin, 2018), Q21 (Vienna, 2018), MuHKA (Antwerp, 2018) and HMKV (Dortmund, 2019).
Leo Fitzmaurice, b.1963 Newport, Shropshire, England, now lives and works in Liverpool – based at The Bluecoat Studios. His work is described as a process of unmooring the meaning of things that are most familiar to us. To do this, he uses processes such as physically editing, repeating and mirroring, on images and objects such as packaging, brochures and signage and at a varying range of scales, from the very small and delicate through to the architectural.
14 January – 18 April 2021 (Dates subject to government guidance)
Humber Street Gallery
FREE, booking required
HIPI Hang Out Forum, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured
Arts Council England under £15k Applications: Top Tips with Deb Ashby
Ferref. Leo Fitzmaurice, Enjoy Civic Life. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. © Jules Lister
Enjoy Civic Life, Leo Fitzmaurice
Model City workshop, Absolutely Cultured © Thomas Arran
Learning Resources and Activities
Imagination Alley, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
Installation view. Leo Fitzmaurice, Autosuggestions. Courtesy of The Sunday Painter and the artist, 2020. © Ollie Hammick