Soft-core apples take a tumble in name of art
May 11 2006
GILL CRITCHLEY reports on one of the gallery's 'most unusual and fascinating events'
By Gill Critchley, Daily Post
IT WILL be one of the most evocative events ever to take place at Liverpool's neo-classical Walker Art Gallery - involving a bizarre combination of apples and words peeled from pornographic magazines.
Confused? Celebrated poet Philip Davenport will reveal all on Saturday when he releases a barrel of apples from the top of the building's main staircase in William Brown Street.
Each apple will contain a word from a "top shelf " magazine cut out in a heart shape. Read from where they land at random, the apples form an impromptu poem.
The resulting poems: "blur genders and power relationships, melt the distinctions between bodies," according to the Walker's literature.
"They have a haiku-like brevity and also share with haiku (a form of traditional Japanese poetry) the sense of an eternal moment.
"Given their source, the pieces are surprisingly gentle."
Stephen Guy, spokesman for National Museums Liverpool, said Davenport's piece, called Heart of Pornography, was one of the most unusual and fascinating events ever held at the gallery.
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