Michael Landy: Art Bin

Michael Landy transforms the SLG into ‘Art Bin’, a container for the disposal of works of art. As people discard their art works the enormous 600m³ bin becomes, in Michael Landy’s words, “a monument to creative failure”.

Landy famously destroyed all his possessions in his 2001 installation ‘Break Down’ and this major new work also raises issues around disposal, destruction, value and ownership. ‘Art Bin’ foregrounds the role of subjectivity in the attribution of value, as well as the significance of emotional attachments. Exposing the ultimate power and influence of both perceived and actual monetary value, the work also questions the relationship between ownership and authorship. ‘Art Bin’ toys with the role of art institutions in making and possibly breaking careers, acknowledges their important role in the art market, and makes reference to the derision with which contemporary art is sometimes treated.

Until 14 March 2010 works can be brought to the South London Gallery to be disposed of in ‘Art Bin’ from Tuesday to Sunday, 12-6pm. Alternatively, artists and collectors can visit www.art-bin.co.uk to apply to dispose of works, multiple applications are welcome.


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