Everything Must Go, 2009
A gallery is dressed to resemble a shop in liquidation. It is filled with the salvaged remnants of high street shop signs. An overwhelming wreckage of multicoloured words and logos runs up the walls and across the floor: a vision of consumerism’s ruin. Members of the public are invited to remove pieces of the installation – free of charge. Shop assistants bubble-wrap the acrylic for visitors to carry home.
In a moment of crisis both for the high street and art market, Everything Must Go reshuffles the ordinary economies of these spaces. Notions of value are thrown into question, along with visitors’ relationship to authority, the gallery space and each other.
Presented at Menier Gallery (London)