photograph - various formats
PENCIL DRAWING, 2020 inkjet on paper, 29.7 x 21cm
FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM OF MODERN SHOPPING (MOMS)
THE BOOK OF DREAMS, 1973 - JANUARY 2021
A QUICK HISTORY OF THE ARGOS CATALOGUE
PDF ARCHIVE OF CATALOGUES PURCHASED ON EBAY.
Smart and Lovely Shakespeare, 2020
Preliminary investigations and restagings of Canal Street lore produced by Shanzhai Lyric while in residence in a disused storefront. Canal Street is lower Manhattan’s major thoroughfare running East to West and a mecca for bootleg luxury items. Generations of artists have been drawn to the surplus, detritus, collision and access to raw materials—features of the block that neoliberal urban development schemes are eager to phase out. Collaging together a bootleg transcription capturing rehearsal fragments of cult avante-garde artist Jack Smith’s nearby (unfinished) production of “Hamlet in the Rented World,” with soundscapes from neighboring emptied-out storefronts and conversations with local artists and vendors, “Smart and Lovely Shakespeare” celebrates the legacy of bootleg text to question assumptions around ownership, authorship and the politics of who gets in trouble for stolen property.
Here are some objects from the Peak Archive, accrued over the time Peak was in the Elephant & Castle shopping centre (October 2017 — Sept 2020). As such they carry a double history, not only of the project space but also of the last three years of Britain’s first modern shopping centre
Dan Mitchell lives and works in London. He is a co-founder of the Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair and the publisher of Hard Mag – the ‘stronger than reason’ specialist magazine. His work is generated on computers and takes the form of an assemblage of culled images (from the web, magazines, posters, film and photography) and is rendered on paper in the forms of posters, magazines, drawings and prints as well as sculpture.
Débora Delmar (b.1986, Mexico City, Mexico). Lives and works between London, UK and Mexico City, MX. Delmar’s work investigates the effects of globalisation on everyday life in relation to consumer culture and society, particularly focusing on issues such as gentrification, class struggle and cultural hegemony. This is borne from the omnipresent influence of the United States in Mexico, and in the wider world. In her installations Delmar frequently references minimalist corporate architecture, non-places and multinational chain’s aesthetics. The artist appropriates the minimalist design that characterises corporate spaces. These spaces of consumption have a sanitised and homogenised look which allows for constant surveillance.
Recent exhibitions include well, well well…, Sundy, London, Mariposa, Peak, London, UK, 2020, [ ], Interface Gallery, Oakland, US, 2020, Propiedad/ Property, Syndicate, Material Art Fair, Mexico City, MX, 2020. Upcoming projects include the XIV Femsa Biennial, Michoacán, Mexico, 2020, Protozone II: You Are So Busy, 2021,Shedhalle, Zürich, CH.
Sara MacKillop lives and Works in London. Recent Solo shows include, PEER, London; A.Maior, Portugal; Clages Gallery, Koln; Bonington Gallery, Nottingham and Haus der Kunst, Munich. Recent Group shows include Work-Book-Work, Curated by Gregorio Magnani, ICA Milan; Game Set and Match, Serralves Museum, Porto; Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in Space, Clages Gallery and In a dream……curated by Elizabeth Price Hayward Touring Exhibition. She has also produced over 50 Artists’ Books both self-published and co-published and a book
documenting some of these , Sara MacKillop Publications 2008-2018 was published by Bierke in 2018.
Shanzhai Lyric is a body of research focusing on radical logistics and linguistics through the prism of technological aberration and nonofficial cultures. The project takes inspiration from the experimental English of shanzhai t-shirts made in China and proliferating across the globe to examine how the language of counterfeit uses mimicry, hybridity, and permutation to both revel in and reveal the artifice of global hierarchies. Through an ever-growing archive of poetry-garments, Shanzhai Lyric explores the potential of mis-translation and nonsense as utopian world-making (breaking) and has previously taken the form of poetry-lecture, essay, and installation.
Museum of Modern Shopping (MoMS) is a musem of modern shopping. MoMS is a para-institution, an artist and a collection. MoMS occupies the spaces that retail vacates. MoMS does not know when this happens but it certainly happens. MoMS will see you very soon.
Peak is an artist run project space that opened in 2016 in the iconic Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre in South East London, and remained there until traders were evicted this past September to make way for the largest development slated in Europe.
Projects have included Angharad Williams, Adam Lewis-Jacob, Max Göran, Unwelcome Collection, Dan Mitchell, RIP Germain, and Mascha Angoscini. Committed to retaining a presence in the area. Peak is currently looking for a new home.
Commissioned by the Wiener Art Foundation, 2020.