Do you believe in other worlds?
Peter Fekete praises the work of the Victoria Gallery & Museum, The University of Liverpool in mounting a beautiful exhibition, Andrew Fekete: Out of Time, that went a huge way to capturing the magical essence of his brother's work. "Much of the real success of the exhibition," says Peter Fekete, "was down to the sensitive presentation of the exhibits." Matt McCall, the author of the captions, chose to bring out the spiritual dimension of the work, quoting from the Diaries of Andrew Fekete for his selected theme.
In mounting the exhibition, Matt also expressed his excitement when seeing the works for the first time:
Originally due to end in April 2017, the exhibition was extended by the Victoria Gallery & Museum to July 2017.
On extending the exhibition, Paul Gallagher, the Director of the VG&M, explained, "I am delighted and honoured to have played even just a very small part in the delivery and continued appreciation of Out Of Time."
At the Private View
Doug first got to know Andrew Fekete, when he was a lecturer at the Central Polytechnic. "I have taught over 10,000 students in my time," he said, "but with no other student did I have such a friendship." Prior to Andrew's tragic early death in 1986 from an Aids related illness, he and Doug used to go on long walks together around London, studying the architecture of the city, walks that Doug in his speech acknowledged to have been a profound experience.
Peter Corbett, an international award winning artist and poet, speaking on video after the Private View of the Exhibition, said:
The Quest for Gold
An anthology of Andrew's writings, The Quest for Gold, has been published by the Liverpool University Press. Collated by his brother Peter, the book comprises key works from Andrew Fekete’s opus and diaries, and deals with his development as an artist, his visions and his experiment in Jungian alchemy – the intentional creation of visionary experiences to manifest unconscious archetypes to consciousness.
Some of the fifty plus diaries were also on display in the exhibition. Matt McCall expresses his feelings about them:
"The diaries. What beautiful things they are. Truly excellent. I found a number of sketches from 70s Liverpool that brought back memories of my own childhood, albeit a few years later. They really are remarkable artefacts and records of a time now lost forever. Thank you for letting me see them."
Peter Fekete expresses his thanks to the staff of the VG&M, not only to former director, Matthew Clough, whose idea the exhibition originally was, to Paul Gallagher and Matt McCall, but also the Phil Sykes, Director of Museums and Galleries, to Patrick Hackett, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University, to Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University, and finally, and most of all to Lord Derby, President of the Council.
This page is maintained by Peter Fekete the brother of Andrew Fekete.