EXHIBITION: The Royal Standard, Liverpool UK, Friday 20th Mar – Friday 10th Apr 2020 | EVENT POSTPONED

16.03.20: At a meeting of the artists and curator today, we collectively made the decision to cancel the preview event planned for Thursday 19th March due to the COVID19 emergency and to postpone the exhibition until further notice. Updates to follow in the summer once we can safely reschedule the exhibition. Apologies for any disappointment caused.


Three artists present work at the boundaries of space and time, in a new multi-disciplinary exhibition at The Royal Standard negotiating the limits of physics, metaphysics and questions of scale.

Event flyer for 'Is This It' at Royal Standard Liverpool March 2020

ROAD Studios director and curator Rob Flynn invites three contemporary artists from Liverpool and Dublin to respond to the simple question ‘Is This It?‘ in a new show for spring 2020 at The Royal Standard, featuring work by John Elcock, Lauren Masterson and Margaret O’Brien.

Their response to possibly the ultimate question for human civilisation uses space and time as a starting point for works featuring found objects, static electricity and murals on a huge scale.

John Elcock: ‘Studio exploration of objects I found at an isolated pilgrimage site on a visit to the Isle of Bute emerged into ideas on a universal scale that connected with the theme of this exhibition. The question suggested by our show title didn’t remain elusive however for I found that it could be answered on a remote island in Scotland, as much as it could in a laboratory at CERN’.

Margaret O’Brien‘s approach involves an experimental use of materials to produce works that operate within a live state of malfunction or breakdown. The precarious nature of these works explores ideas of failure as an everyday experience. O’Brien recently completed an artist residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She has received funding for her work from the Arts Council of Ireland, the Irish Research Council, and the Arts and Humanities Council UK.

Lauren Masterson is interested in experimenting with the traditional boundaries of painting and the ways in which her work is experienced and perceived by the viewer. Her primary curiosity lies in how metaphysical experiences can not only be made tangible, but how they are in turn recognised and interpreted within the mind of another. As such, it is her belief that the actual artwork exists within the experience of the viewer; to have taken something from her own reality and connected it with someone else’s.

Exhibition dates: Friday 20th Mar – Friday 10th Apr 2020
The Royal Standard, Northern Lights, Cains Brewery Village, 3 Mann St, Liverpool L8 5AF

Opening times: Friday-Sunday 12-5 pm. Weekdays by appointment.
Free Entry.
Preview: Thursday 19 Mar 6pm. All Welcome.

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