Saturday, 22 March 2014

USE / THE MISCELLANY OF COLLECTIONS - THE MINORIES




If Duchamp was the pioneer of the readymade artwork, well then this is verging towards a readymade exhibition, would Duchamp be proud? He might be hooked to the line of hooks hung in ascending order of scale, or fixated by the screws, but he may also think it takes the biscuit (well nearly the biscuit, they’ve nabbed the coffee stirrers).

The curation of the exhibition seems to track minimalist tendencies and has something of the Martin Creed about it. If you ever thought art exhibitions resulted in objectification, well this is definitely  objectification – its objects, plain and simple. An assemblage of miscellaneous collections, each object acts as a line in an overarching narrative of the exhibition as a whole. You may read into it some domestic or nostalgic theme fixated on the past, however the taxonomy is far from taxing.

Although fellow viewers in the exhibition seemed to get hung up on the hooks, the objects which are used almost unconsciously in the everyday could collude with consumerist ideals. Objects are replicated, mass produced and combined to create a new existence for the objects held in a higher status than their typical everyday neglect. 












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