Crowe and Rawlinson

Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT)

At Liverpool’s FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson’s work was billed as an “exploration” of faith in contemporary society, but the four technically ambitious video works on view evidenced a more reflexive and less easily summarized field of operation. The single-screen, large-scale video projection The Fireworks (all works 2007) documents a great idea: an outdoor firework display staged inside an art gallery (the same gallery at FACT in which the video was subsequently shown). The show’s title, “At 25 Metres,” refers to the official safe viewing distance for publicly purchasable fireworks. The Fireworks, then, was a thoroughly reckless exercise. Rockets smash into walls, sparkling fountains rain down gold and silver needles, and as the opening salvos give way to a furious climax, accumulating smoke turns the space into a fog of diffused color

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