10 June 2014 – 10 December 2014
Photo: Nigel Green
Over a period of 6 months, a small book with the enigmatic title Things will appear inserted amongst the products of a Morrisons supermarket in Tunbridge Wells, England. The book contains every drawing of ‘things’ that the artist Simon Faithfull has made over the last 14 years.
This work, created using Palm Pilots and iPhones, also includes new drawings of objects encountered in Morrisons. Faithfull perceives the supermarket as a conduit through which items enter our lives, and Things explores how objects are seen, interacted with and valued, and the effect when the natural order of things is disrupted.
The customers may find the book amongst the packets of frozen peas, between the rows of kitchen rolls or stacked within the towers of tinned tomatoes. The book’s cover clearly incorporates the bargain price of ’1p’ and the customer will be able to purchase Things like any other product within the Morrisons supermarket. The difference will be that the economics of this product make no commercial sense. Things is beautifully made – a product that has had maximum love spent on its design and production and is now being sold for the smallest monetary unit possible (an inversion of the mechanics supermarkets where the least love as possible is expended for the maximum return). A small and absurd disturbance in the flow of commodities and money – an action recorded quietly in the 500 till receipts from random customers who chose to take this object home.
Simon Faithfull’s practice has been described as an attempt to understand and explore the planet as a sculptural object, testing its limits and reporting back from its extremities. His work has seen him walking through a burning plane for ZY1899: Reenactment for a Future Scenario (Tatton Park Biennial 2012) walking through the landscape at the bottom of the sea in Going Nowhere 2, transporting a chair attached to a weather balloon to the edge of space in Escape vehicle no.6, and sending out live digital drawings daily during a two-month journey to Antarctica (Antarctica Dispatches).
Things is waiting to be discovered within Morrisons supermarket, Vale Rd, Royal Tunbridge Well, Kent, TN1 1BT
Things, with an additional essay entitled A Currency of Abscence by Lorena Muñoz-Alonso launched at Tender Books, London on Wednesday 22 October 2014. Copies of the book can be purchased online and through a small selection of independent booksellers.
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