Meticulously created out of paper, the sculptures offer an astonishing collection of deeply considered subjects from the Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access pipeline to climate debates regarding global coral bleaching events. Maslen & Mehra have created the framework Cash, Clash and Climate in order to ponder questions about the complexities of living today and they invite viewers to follow their train of thought. These collections of sculptures individually pose questions about political, social and economic structures but together they ask how they, in turn, relate to social unrest and environmental issues.
The Cash series draws attention to bank bailouts; Doughnut Economics; credit culture; housing bubbles; tampon tax; quantitative easing; war as big business; the commodification of food staples; and the almost religious status that money has reached in our times. The Clash series embodies social unrest from London to Athens; Article 475; the refugee crisis; Grenfell; Greece and the Eurozone; social media to organize protests; fracking; gun control vs gun rights; and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Lastly, the Climate series highlights environmental topics such as global coral bleaching events; chronic pollution as a heavy cost for economic power in China; melting ice caps; the opposing views of climate change; El Niño; Natural Capital; and the legacy of radiation from Japan’s nuclear disaster in Fukushima. The artists have made bespoke stands for the sculptures and invited local street artists, Shuby and Delete, to add to their surfaces, responding to each theme. This exhibition at the Hastings Museum draws together pieces from the three collections for the first time, representing years of work.
Maslen & Mehra also have a new major installation, Faith In Fiat, on view at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne. The artists have effectively created a shrine to money complete with currency icon drawings. A tour of the installation can be seen here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWYP1PfjvXt/?taken-by=maslenandmehra and details here: http://www.voidgallery.com/faithinfiat.htm
Press images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dlh2nabcffrgdeo/AABOApwL_pHLQUk4Tavwsq-ba?dl=0