Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley: We Are Ghosts
17 November 2017 – March 2018
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley present their new commission which re-imagines life on a USNavy Submarine at the end of the Second World War
Known for their stylised black-and-white videos this exhibition will be Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley’s first museum solo exhibition in the UK. The display will feature their new work In The Body of The Sturgeon, as well as the 2016 work, This Is Offal alongside life-size lightbox portraits of the videos’ characters.
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley work in collaboration to create video works that combine painting, performance and poetry to tell surreal stories inspired by history and mythology. Played by the artists acting multiple roles, their characters speak in poetic verse filled with wordplay and puns to tell stories that imagine unrecorded histories.
The new commission In The Body of The Sturgeon envisions a peculiar time and space: an American submarine at the very end of the Second World War. Sailors on the (fictional) USS Sturgeon grapple with claustrophobic boredom and entertain each other with ad-hoc burlesque performances.
Sponsored by Edge Hill University and supported by Tate Liverpool Commissioning Circle.
Caption: Harry S Truman by Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, 2017
- Opening times Monday to Sunday 10 am to 5.30 pm
- This is a free exhibition
- Location Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB
- Getting there: By train – The nearest station is James Street station, Liverpool L27PQ (720 metres approx.) – mainline rail tickets to Liverpool Lime Street station are valid for travel to James Street Station; By bus – Liverpool ONE Bus Station on Canning Street is directly opposite the Albert Dock, approximately 365 metres from Tate Liverpool. Route C4 also stops at the Albert Dock; By car – follow the brown signs to the Waterfront – the Q-Park Liverpool ONE in Strand Street is close by; By ferry – Mersey Ferries from Seacombe and Woodside on the Wirral call at the Pier Head (960 metres approx.)
- For more information please call 0151 702 7400