Malvern & Worcester based gallery Division of Labour have devised an exhibition of artworks exploring themes around Ikea and its present day ubiquity in our lives. Featuring works by Craig Barnes, Guy Ben-Ner, Sam Curtis, Jacob Dahlgren, Helmut Smits, Andrew Sutherland and Miles Thurlow, it includes my work from 2011, Lack.
Ikea begun in the 1920’s when at the age of five founder Ingvar Kamprad starts selling matches door to door using his bicycle. This year the Swedish furniture producing, lifestyle retailing multinational celebrates its 25th anniversary since it’s launch in the UK.
Lack hovers between commiserating and celebrating the apparent commodification of the sculptural forms of Donald Judd into an embodiment of present day of cheap mass produced items – Ikea’s bestselling range of Lack floating shelves. Appropriating low resolution JPEG images of the range from the Ikea website, the images are then printed on large format mass produced fluorescent flyposters, and flyposted directly onto the gallery exterior and interior.
The exhibition opens tomorrow, Friday 5th October with a preview from 7 -9pm, and then runs until 22nd December by appointment.
Division of Labour
With thanks to Stephan who happened to be passing and took the photos.