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The People You’re Not at Cornerhouse

Oddities and curiosities galore at new exhibition

Published on January 24th 2011.


The People You’re Not at Cornerhouse

Last year you may have seen an unusual exhibition at Manchester's Cornerhouse, Unrealised Potential, which featured over 60 artists’ proposals, all of which were unrealised.

‘Performers’ such as Kerry Katona and Liza Minnelli, Courtney Love and George Best, Oliver Reed and Lindsay Lohan are given centre stage in six large-scale Victorian-style toy theatres, setting the scene for cautionary tales of drunken celebrity clichés and the pitfalls of the demon drink.

Now three of those unfulfilled ideas have been selected for realisation, not by the artists themselves, but by members of the public, alongside cultural producer Bren O’Callaghan.

The People You’re Not is a satirical trip through the private and public faces of fame, and presents the projects of TV entertainer and popular satirical comedian Harry Hill, Manchester legend Edward Barton, and infamous wooden-pants-wearing balladeer Norman Clayture.

Harry Hill’s proposal To recreate George Cruikshank’s The Worship of Bacchus using known alcoholics has been realised by Bren O’Callaghan. Victorian satire meets Heat Magazine as six illustrators take a contemporary look at scenes from George Cruikshank’s famous 1860 painting exposing the evils and horrors of alcohol.

‘Performers’ such as Kerry Katona and Liza Minnelli, Courtney Love and George Best, Oliver Reed and Lindsay Lohan are given centre stage in six large-scale Victorian-style toy theatres, setting the scene for cautionary tales of drunken celebrity clichés and the pitfalls of the demon drink.

Rock Hudson

Feel Free to Stroke, proposed by Norman Clayture has been realised as an absurd, affectionate installation, that pays homage to the adoring fans and rock and roll life of ‘Norman Clayture’, a guitar hero in wooden underpants. Viewers are invited to step into Norman ’s world and get an insight into the public and private life of the notorious balladeer.

With exclusive access to his soul-baring letters to adoring fans and a chance to experience five minutes of his fame on stage, it has been created by members of LiveWire, an integral part of Cornerhouse’s programme aimed at young people aged 14-19.

Edward Barton’s proposal was simply Please improve my work. And so the group who chose it have recreated a significant, startling work of his entitled I’ve Got No Chicken But Five Wooden Chairs. The work blurs the line between public performance and intimate private life, inviting a closer, off-kilter look at the eccentric side of the celebrity soul.

The exhibition opens at Cornerhouse on 29 January and runs until 27 February 2011 and admission, as usual is free. Gallery opening times: Tue –Sat: noon – 8pm, Sun: noon – 6pm. Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street , Manchester , M1 5NH. Tickets & Information: 0161 200 1500

George Best

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