Alec Finlay Specimen Colony

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Specimen Colony

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Cultural Writing. Art. Produced in collaboration with The Bluecoat, Liverpool's oldest arts center, Alec Finlay's SPECIMEN COLONY draws on an exhibition and permanent open-air installation of participative public sculpture that creates a series of colorful colonies formed by nest boxes -- functional and familiar objects created by Finlay whose form suggests the schematic figure of a bird. Finlay's work transposes the colors of exotic birds found on foreign postage stamps onto these nest boxes, playfully commenting on Liverpool's global links of trade and migration while contemplating the city's avian emblem. This collage of postage stamps and the remarkable birds that illustrate them not only evokes communication, correspondence, and collecting, but also makes SPECIMEN COLONY an unforgettable and lushly illustrated artist's book that stands on its own, aside from the events surrounding the exhibition. Alec Finlay is an artist, poet, and publisher. Born in Scotland in 1966, he became the first BALTIC Arts Centre artist-in-residence.

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Alec Finlay works as an artist, poet and publisher. His most recent publications include One Hundred Year Star-Diary, Specimen Colony, what changes change, two fields of wheat, and Mesostic Laboratorium. He was one of the first artists-in-residence at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and recent artist projects in England include a residency at Kielder Observatory in Northumberland and a long term collaboration with NaREC, the National Centre for Renewable Energy in Blyth, creating color and text designs for windmill turbines.

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