For a lot of reasons now would seem like a great time to celebrate and embrace love and that’s exactly what the latest exhibition at PLY does.Manchester artist Kate Cocker is showing her first ever exhibition, entitled #LoveisLovein the Northern Quarter’s bar and and pizza hangout.
Some eskimo cultures have up to three hundred words for snow, and yet we have very few synonyms of ‘love’. Kate Cocker’s exhibition seeks to explain that love is without labels, and will ask the PLY clientele what they think about when they think about love. PLY will also be asking customers on social media to choose a love song for the PLY Spotify playlist. These will be played in PLY at a #LoveIsLove Valentine’s afternoon event on February 13th, which will see the unveiling of new paintings inspired by stories from the bar’s clientele.
Kate recently sidestepped a successful career as a radio producer to focus on her first love: art. Since reaching the final of Manchester Art Battle in July 2016, she has expanded her portfolio and following. Inspired by Manchester and the remote Mani area of Greece where she frequently goes with her family, Kate is extravagant in her use of colour and particularly enjoys using acrylic paint with a palette knife when exploring themes of love and chaos.
#LoveIsLove is the second in PLY’s #LifeWithNoLabels strand of exhibitions, the concept of which was inspired by the 2016 Absolut Mix limited edition bottle. Eight artists and collectives will be part of the programme, and in September one will be awarded the PLY x Absolut Award for Emerging Talent. The prize is a £1,000 grant to support the artist(s) in their next creative project.
“Being part of the Life With No Labels series feels like a great fit for my work. I have been exploring love and the joy it brings in my paintings for a while now. I am thrilled to be in PLY for Valentine’s so I can get to know what love really means to the people there. It’s such an extraordinary space, with a great vibe and really tasty pizza – I can think of no better beating heart for the build up to Valentine’s Day.“ ~ Kate Cocker