Jean Michel has been cut from a Barbican leaflet (Boom For Real, photograph by Edo Bertoglio), and hand-stitched to a page from this book, using my nana’s old silk thread.
The biscuit comes from a Co-op food advert, taken from Time Out London (March 22-28, 2016. No. 2372).
The Amazonian basket is used by women to carry bitter cassava, to make bread. Taken from Artefactos by Liliana Villegas and Benjamin Villegas. The photograph was taken by José Fernando Machado, Jorge Eduardo Arango, Diego Sampler or Diego Miguel Garcé. It is unclear which.
Photographs of materials, below.
A couple of weeks ago I arrived at work to be told I wasn’t supposed to be there.
My response was to dash to the Barbican and see the Basquiat exhibition.
God, it was good. Although, I would not recommend going dressed as a gallery assistant.
The Jean-Michel (dancing at the Mudd Club, 1979), above, was taken from a leaflet acquired at the scene. Photograph by Nicholas Taylor and Dead Human Design.
His crown comes from a National Theatre leaflet advertising a new play by Rory Mullarkey entitled Saint George And The Dragon. Mr. S and I went to see it on a rare trip out together. The leaflet shows a photograph, by David Stewart, of actor John Hefferman sitting with a fry-up in the Recency Cafe . Don’t even think about sitting down before your food is ordered. You’ve been warned. The crown is cut from the curtains.
I hand-stitched Jean, and his crown, to this flimsy-as-hell paper.
All of my work is numbered. This piece is 854.