Sunday, 13 April 2008

Real People: A Transitory Exhibition

Williamson Gallery, Spring 2008

Objects enter galleries and museums in a variety of ways to be added to the collection already stored within; cupboards, shelves, boxes, drawers - all containers for valuable and valued treasures which reflect a local, national or international importance. Objects are identified, documented, catalogued, photographed, accessioned to formally accept them into the collection.


This project explores this process of accessioning other arrivals into the same space: people, human beings, visitors, viewers, learners. Normally a simple click of a counter or a tick on a page notes their entry into the building. Here they are documented as an object would be, using an accession card specifically designed to record 'Real People'. Visitors carry a label denoting their reference number and become part of a transitory exhibition of people.

So, they wandered in purposeful, aimless, determined, distracted. . . some people chose the 19th March, some 10th April to visit the Williamson Gallery in Birkenhead. With wide ranging reasons, they came in search of distraction, to fill time after a cancelled activity, to see a particular picture, or part of the exhibition, or to just see what was on.

Amidst the relentless peaceful tick-tock of the Time exhibition of clocks, the foyer sat quiet and calm. Footsteps broke open the air of graceful importance. The grandeur formally set the scene for cultural awareness, an education into the delights of others skill, the collections and the collectables, the long stored and long overlooked. Feet moved across the marble and herringbone of the wooden floors in eager anticipation of the delights within.


Presented here, a record of Real People : A transitory exhibition


RP001
Human MALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Wearing blue and gold glasses.

Condition: Good
Value: £1 million




RP002
Human MALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Semi-balding silver and white hair.

Condition: Good
Value: £60,000
Additional description: Sporting a new knee and still working at 68



RP003
Human MALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Wearing brown glasses.

Condition: Fair
Value: £500,000
Additional description: Retired Engineer



RP004
Human MALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Glasses frame metallic blue. Practicing artist.

Condition: Humerous
Value: £7.50







RP005
Human FEMALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, shorter than me and with feet that are smaller than mine. Carrying a black bag on her shoulder.

Condition: Average
Value: Priceless






RP006
Human FEMALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Carrying a grey bag and wearing a grey/green scarf.

Condition: A bit shabby, but smiling because of the sun
Value: The moon






RP007
Human MALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Carrying slim black grloves and wearing small dark framed rectangular framed glasses.

Condition: Good & neat (both)
Value: Same as everyone else - priceless




RP008
Human FEMALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Carrying a black bag. "Happy to be here".

Condition: Wearing well
Value: Priceless




RP009
Human FEMALE, born internationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Member of the Randolph Caldecott Society, American, Art Teacher wearing scarf of blue, brown, yellow and off-white tartan.

Condition: Ecstatic
Value: More than anyone wants to pay! Priceless




RP010
Human FEMALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Sporting a red scooter and wearing gold glasses. She is a member of the Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) Society.

Condition: Excited
Value: Priceless




RP011
Human MALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Creative writer / singer wearing a green/brown/blue striped scarf.

Condition: Active
Value: Priceless






RP012
Human FEMALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine, Wearing a purple scarf.

Condition: Funny
Value: Millions



RP013
Human MALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Wearing glasses and with hair coloured black to grey to white.

Condition: Somewhat aged
Value: More dead than active





RP014
Human FEMALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Black shoes and gold glasses.

Condition: Getting a bit worn!
Value: Family thinks I'm worth a good bit!





RP015
Human MALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Carrying a stick and wearing silver framed Reactolite glasses.

Condition: Glass back
Value: Irreplacable - One off




RP016
Human MALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine.

Condition: Ageing
Value: No value given







RP017
Human MALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Wearing metallic blue framed glasses. "Still surviving".

Condition: Good running order
Value: Priceless






RP018
Human MALE, born internationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Emigrated from William Tell's birthplace in Switzerland, wears glasses.

Condition: Antique
Value: £80 per week






RP019
Human FEMALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Wearing bronze framed glasses and carrying a black back on shoulder.

Condition: Nearly past its sell by date
Value: up to individual judgement






RP020
Human MALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Wearing black glasses.


Condition: Not stated
Value: No value given





RP021
Human FEMALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Glasses have pink sides, black bag and cream coat.

Condition: Good
Value: Lots






RP022
Human MALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, shorter than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Wearing glasses and black shoes.

Condition: Fit!
Value: No value given






RP023
Human FEMALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Roof of yellowing hair described as straw/fibrous thread. "Never judge a book by its cover".

Condition: Past sell by date - worth refurbishing
Value: A smile and a hug






RP024
Human MALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Displaying piercings (lots of holes) on face and tattoos on right arm. Additional description: If found please return to address found on collar.

Condition: One not so careful owner
Value: offers welcome





RP025
Human FEMALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, shorter than me and with feet that are smaller than mine. Wearing copper framed glasses, tattoo on right hip and black-ish earrings. Additional description: I am weird and getting weirder, I will soon be a walking piece of art.

Condition: Weird and happy

Value: I am priceless




RP026
Human FEMALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Wearing a pink scarf and black leather coat.

Condition: slightly worn but still working
Value: less as the years roll by!





RP027
Human FEMALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, shorter than me and with feet that are smaller than mine. Wearing fawn glasses, carrying a black handbag and plain earrings.

Condition: Not stated
Value: £5






RP028
Human MALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Carrying brown reading glasses. Amateur artist - got the time now!

Condition: Fit, elderly, active
Value: Happy, what more do you want?






RP029
Human FEMALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Carrying a black bag on shoulder.

Condition: Excellent
Value: Priceless



RP030
Human FEMALE, born nationally. Made of flesh and bones, shorter than me and with feet the same size as than mine. Glasses.

Condition: Not stated
Value: No value given






RP031
Human MALE, born locally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine.

Condition: Desperate
Value: Not much






RP032
Human MALE, born internationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Brown hair, green eyes, pale skin, dark eye brows. Carrying camera, scarf, coat and bag.

Condition: Good
Value: $2 million




RP033
Human FEMALE, born internationally. Made of flesh and bones, shorter than me and with feet the same size as than mine. With a brown bag and white plastic mac. "Ihave a beauty spot between my eyes".

Condition: Still young, good state
Value: I'm worth a cup of coffee




RP034
Human MALE, born internationally. Made of flesh and bones, taller than me and with feet that are larger than mine. Carrying an umbrella and bag, wearing black shoes. "I believe in the fictional power of words and art".

Condition: Cloudy
Value: I am worth a Shakespeare play (or so)






RP035
Human FEMALE, born internationally. Made of flesh and bones, shorter than me and with feet the same size as than mine. Carrying a handbag and wearing a jacket. "I have very long hair and I play the piano. I love Debussy".

Condition: Good
Value: The value of a china doll

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