LANDY, Michael

Artist Talk

Date: Friday 7 March 2008
Time: 00:00
Running time: 74 mins
Michael Landy acknowledges that he will probably always be known as 'that bloke who destroyed all his belongings'. In his 2001 artwork Break Down he publicly and systematically shredded, dismantled and destroyed everything he possessed in what a critic described as an act of self-abrogation worthy of the great hermit of Cordoba. He is also the man who built a life-size replica of his parents house a pebble-dashed suburban semi-detached in Essex and placed it in the Duveen gallery, Tate Britain. He is currently working on a project based around a machine destined for auto-destruction by the artist Jean Tinguely. Landy's work was first shown in the legendary 'Freeze' exhibition of 1988. His work has explored contemporary consumerism in a sequence of major projects stretching from 'Market' and 'Closing Down Sale' in the early 1990s, to the sprawling shredded landscape of 'Scrapheap Services'.

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