Ahoy-hoy, we have an art show opening this weekend! It's called "EVERYTHING MUST GO! From Grand Opening to Clearance Sale: Harbingers of Change, Prophets of Revolution, Signs to get you excited about something new on the block!"
"EVERYTHING MUST GO!" grew out of earlier plans for a show focussed on imagining a post-apocalyptic future wherein hand-painted signs prevail, guiding us through the landscape and marketplace after the collapse of the electrical infrastructure. We opted instead, to shrink the apocalyptic element to a more human scale, and work with how signs describe worlds and livelihoods that begin and end every day: businesses that start-up and/or fail, always striving for your attention; new product lines and media spectacles, fleeting in nature, desperate for your gaze; personal reactions facing loss and/or the shock of the new.
A lot of the work in the show takes design cues from mid-20th century sources, the latest heyday of hand-lettered design, from which we've painted pieces in the style of magazine advertisements, game show sets, movie and travel posters, and department store window splashes. Other pieces draw source material from further afield, and via word play and recycled materials, direct our attention to the underlying theme that everything, ultimately, must go, and make way for something new.