Stewart Home Space installation April/May 2012
Installation detail. Top of photo. Two out of three of my 1980s T-shirts presented in the show. In the mid-80s Hackney was a rundown and unfashionable part of London, it has since been somewhat gentrified. The I ♥ Hackney shirt was at the time obviously ironic and hundreds were sold from a market stalls in London and at music festivals. The shirt pre-dates the local council’s I ♥ Hackney campaign by more than 20 years. The I ♥ Fine Art T-shirt used a photo of Congo The Chimp painting. The shirts on display were the very last ones I had left and the I ♥ Fine Art tee was stolen during the show - with the result I no longer have one.
Bottom of photo. Over the past few years I have further explored the possibilities for the aesthetic transformation of my book Down & Out In Shoreditch & Hoxton by shredding copies of my novel. The various shredders I have used to do this are not designed for continuous shredding and so there is always a possibility the machine will break down before I finish shredding my book. One of the resulting sculptures was on display in Space as Shredded Book and offered for sale in pieces inside a shredding machine for £1000. Shredded Book exists as a series of 10 unique works numbered 1 to 10 (with two artist’s proofs), all comprising a copy of Down & Out In Shoreditch and Hoxton shredded and left inside a shredding machine. No two copies of Down & Out In Shoreditch & Hoxton will shred in exactly the same way, and therefore there will be subtle differences between each piece in the Shredded Book series (NB it is not an edition). Two different videos of me shredding copies of Down & Out In Shoreditch & Hoxton can be viewed on my YouTube channel – one shows me shredding in a domestic space, and the other engaging in destruction/creation as a performance piece in a gallery.
Presented here as part of Book Works’ ongoing and evolving project ‘Again, A Time Machine’ this is the first retrospective of Home’s work and features a selection of artwork, including Art Strike Bed, Vermeer II and Becoming (M)other, publications and ephemera and a live performance with Kenneth Goldsmith. Curated by Matthew Higgs and Paul Pieroni at SPACE, 129-131 Mare Street, London E8 3RH. Photo by Lewis Ronald.