Warrington Art Gallery: NORTH: The Dream of Modern Living?

    Dream of Modern Living Artist Guy Ben Ner
    Location (with MAP): Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
    Date/Time: 2 October 2015. 10:00am - 4:30pm
    Event: Exhibition - Warrington Art Gallery: NORTH: The Dream of Modern Living?
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    Exhibition runs Friday, 2 October, 2015 to Saturday, 14 November, 2015
    Part of NORTH in Partnership with Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival

    Contemporary Artists Explore IKEA
    Curated by Paul Carey–Kent for NORTH, The Dream Of Modern Living? is one of the focus exhibitions which brings together local and international artists’ responses to IKEA.

    In 1987, Britain’s first IKEA opened in Warrington. Since then, the store has found a place in the thoughts and memories of local people. Warrington IKEA is said to have the highest visitor numbers of any store in the country and allegedly the lowest spend per head, suggesting that people go not just to buy furniture but to see and to experience designs, ideas, even food from elsewhere.

    The exhibition examines artists’ reactions to IKEA as a business, lifestyle and aesthetic. Their responses range from using IKEA products as art materials to reinterpreting the furniture, from attempting to live in-store to subverting the catalogue of which more than 200 million copies are printed each year. The artists include Guy Ben-Ner, Ryan Gander, Clay Ketter, Marie Karlberg, Joe Scanlan, Artists Anonymous, Michael Samuels, Sara McKillop, Frédéric Pradeau, David Rickard, Mary Griffiths and Stuart Hartley.