AT THE TATE LIVERPOOL WITH THE VENICE VENDING MACHINE.
Held on the first floor of the Tate Gallery in Liverpool.2018.
Vending Machine”, a travelling collaborative and participatory installation and performance
including a collective of 700 artists, exhibiting nationally and internationally. Since 2013.
This work for the Venice vending machine examines and explores the process, the delivery and a possible further collaboration with others, its context is yet to be discovered. The question of, “How do you value art” combined with the cerebral effects of art and the interactions it may inspire or be experienced.
Whilst the artist does (or should) have influence, they are subject to the established cultural conventions in the now, and those constructed and considered as acceptable from the past. Whether an artist chooses to uphold these constructs or attempts to transgress them can have repercussions on not just the art and its reception, but upon the very fabric of convention and ultimately society itself. Many things become implicit within a piece of work that can only be inferred or decoded explicitly by the viewer or audience and yet may not be directly related, or related at all, to the direct intentions of the artist.
The painting above was cut into 11 similar strips and rolled into miniature scrolls they were placed inside a vending machine.
The works became the property of the person who will by chance receive their artwork through a dialogue thus acquiring the privelige of turning the crank and seeing which artwork rolls through the distributor “Teddy Giallo”-the Vending machine.
The recipients of these "destroyed" canvas pieces were then invited to mark the canvas however they saw fit and then return them to the artist and in exchange the artist would furnish them with an original print of the uncut canvas.
No pieces were ever returned and all that remains is a framed piece omitted from the vending machine.(see the image to the right) which was later framed and exhibited along side the two other images on above. in the artists' first solo show.2019 in Barnstaple, North Devon.
" the place, the name of the shop fitted so many parts of the art, a lovely venue I thought"
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(below) remaining fragment of the art or a piece of work that may become something more. Waiting to be reassembled.