Josie Jenkins: Assembled Worlds at Bluecoat

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor
Josie Jenkins: Assembled Worlds at Bluecoat
Detail: Josie Jenkins, Willow Pattern Stories, Rewrite History, 2017

Josie Jenkins: Assembled Worlds at Bluecoat, City Centre 5 December 2020 — 10 January 2021 Entrance is free — Visit now

Concerned with humans’ innate sense of order and our need to impose it on the world, Josie Jenkins is an interesting artist to programme at the end of a year that has served as a vital reminder of how little we really are in control of reality, however much we might try. Her exhibition at Bluecoat will feature large-scale paintings made in her studio at Arena Studios in Liverpool over the last three years, as well as more recent pieces created at home during the pandemic. The show signals the beginning of the gallery’s refreshed commitment to presenting work from artists living and working in the Liverpool city region, adopting a new model of rapid changeovers and more spontaneous exhibiting opportunities in order to support as many local creatives as possible.

Jenkins’ art is full of symbols and motifs which she calls upon to highlight the constructed nature of how we view the world, whilst also referencing the balance between order and disorder that forms the very basis of painterly composition. Within the confines of her canvas, seemingly disparate elements such as scenery borrowed from the 19th-century romantic painter Thomas Cole’s epic landscapes, collide with everyday articles of modern detritus, such as plastic barrier fencing and clusters of discarded furniture. The juxtapositions, and disregard for scale, provides a degree of humour, whilst simultaneously evoking a deeper sense of strange incongruity.

After a deeply incongruous year – a glitch in the matrix, even – that undercut the sense of solid ‘normality’ that many people hold, Jenkins’ seems the perfect artist for Bluecoat to reopen with. Immerse yourself in an assembled world where nothing makes ‘rational’ sense but is instead guided by its own strange yet satisfying logic.

Josie Jenkins: Assembled Worlds at Bluecoat, City Centre 5 December 2020 — 10 January 2021 Entrance is free Visit now

What's on at Bluecoat

Where to go near Josie Jenkins: Assembled Worlds at Bluecoat

Photo of the shop's front window
City Centre
Bluecoat Display Centre

The Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool is a contemporary craft shop – and it’s been doing its thing for over 50 years – despite funding cuts and recessions.

Probe Records record shop in Liverpool
City Centre
Probe Records

For more than 40 years, Probe Records has stocked an immense selection of music and provided a hangout for vinyl addicts and musicians alike.

Mamasan Liverpool
City Centre
Mamasan Liverpool

Mamasan is a new three-floor South East Asian inspired restaurant and bar based in Liverpool One. It also has exciting cook-at-home options.

City Centre
Epstein Theatre

The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, formerly known as the Neptune Theatre, was renamed in honour of The Beatles’ Manager Brian Epstein.

Restaurant stock image

Bacino pizza and cicchetti bring a slice of Naples cuisine to Liverpool. With tasty dishes and lots of drinks options.

What's on: Exhibitions

Culture Guides

Music in Manchester and the North

Fresh concert seasons, forward-thinking festivals and a revolving door of amazing gigs. Things are looking bright as spring comes into view.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

February is a month of love so art lovers in the North - rejoice! There is lots to choose from: two photography festivals, gorgeous crafts and shows celebrating local talent.

Two Japanese girls lean their heads on their hands looking out of a window, bored.
Cinema in Manchester and the North

This month's film picks include 90s action flicks, contemporary Japanese independent cinema, and a festival curated by the next generation of film programmers.