Hoodwink’s new commission by artist duo Hollington & Kyprianou, populates the town’s Wilko Hardware Store to create an oddly different retail experience. While customers shop for homeware products, they might stumble upon subtle and less subtle interventions linking the history and practice of art production with that of home improvement. The Castle is a shifting, changing homage to the everyday and ordinary of 2014, overlapping the language of the museum and gallery with that of the retail environment at the point where sculpture, product design and branding intersect.
The Castle conflates art with DIY on shop signage, information boards and caption panels; as a history of rainbows in art on a goods lift door, picture frames and photobooks; on paint displays and colour charts recalling William Burroughs’ shotgun paintings, John Latham’s spray can works; as DIY takes on Richard Hamilton’s Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, and Yves Klein’s Leap into the Void, and on the synthetic household paints used by Jack ‘The Dripper’ Pollock.
Hollington and Kyprianou have been collaborating for 15 years. Their work has been shown at Tate Modern, ICA London as well as internationally in North and South America, Australia and Europe including the 51st Venice Biennale.
“I never made the distinction between, say, the museum, and the hardware store” (Claes Oldenburg)