Peter Liversidge show doppelgänger at 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival
Exhibition based on the etchings of 19th century Austrian artist Max Klinger
This article is from 2013.
Klinger was adept at demonstrating how you could take a small idea and turn it into a physical reality that would, in essence, live on in the minds of future viewers long after the creator had expired. Here, Klinger’s ten prints – all hatched from his dreams – focus on a glove he found at an ice-skating rink. The glove within these dramatic plates would appear to represent Klinger’s suppressed romantic yearnings for a woman whose face we never see. Indeed, the motif also appears to execute the role of what his unseen beloved is expected to fulfil. Clearly, the glove has an independent life of its own, and it lives on today, albeit as a piece of marble – carved by Liversidge – on the deck of the Ingleby Gallery. Liversidge, too, however, also evokes Klinger’s inception-to-infinity outlook: every element of Liversidge’s exhibited work begins at the kitchen table before making its way to the typewriter, the subsequent page, then into the minds of readers who may realise his influence as a future thing (object) or event (happening).
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, 556 4441, until Sat 21 Sep, free.