Happy Time

3 Oct 2014 – 19 Oct 2014

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Simon Oldfield Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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Who says calm can't be colourful? Your favourite escape doesn't have to be some faraway place. Relax with flexible seating options. It's your comfort zone. The wonderful life starts here.


Happy Time is a Grosvenor public and community art project curated by Simon Oldfield with a new, site-specific installation by Michael Pybus and a programme of free public events ' open to everyone, every day.

Pybus transforms an anonymous retail space at 77 Duke Street into a utopic celebration of the artificial. Enveloping and comforting, a plastic palace made from mass-produced materials. You're invited to a saturated world surrounded by the detached familiarity of consumer products, brands, celebrity and iconography.

This homage to consumer culture, with the translation of subversive design into motifs appropriated by high street brands, is an invitation to everyone to take some time out. Settle into the comfort of an ergonomically molded plastic chair, sharpen up with an express manicure, dial down with guided meditation, listen to a short story read aloud, or simply step inside Pybus' artificial reality.

Michael Pybus' work is a visual pop mash up of remix and reconfiguration. His prints, sculptures and arrangements ' often low-fi techno creations, mine the archive of contemporary iconography, placing a framework of post conceptual and internet art around 'bad' television icons, Pokemon and 90's rave. The artist's avatars, symbols and recycled figures hint towards both the absurdities and earnestness of fanatical consumption and post market nostalgia. Pybus lives and works in London.

Free Events Schedule

Book online: www./simonoldfield.com/exhibitions/happy-time/

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5 October, 12-2pm

Colour-in a Pikachu Drawing

8 October, 7-9pm

Astrology Readings & Predictive Tarot with Emma Toynbee

9 October, 1-1.30pm / 1.30-2pm

Ballet Inspired Pilates with Dance Works All levels welcome

Class One: 1-1.30pm

Class Two: 1.30-2pm

11 October, 10.30-11.30am

Children's Workshop and Balloon Making with Bedazzled Events

12 October, 12.30-1.30pm

Create your own earrings from semi-precious stones with Clair Green

15 October, 12.00-3.00pm

Express Manicure or Hand Massage

16 October, 1-1.30pm / 1.30-2pm

Tai Chi Meditation with Dance Works. All levels welcome

Class One: 1-1.30pm

Class Two: 1.30-2pm

17 October, 12.30-2pm

Express Blow-dry with Mark Alexander

18 October, 4pm

Artist Mark Titchner reads for Pin Drop

Check web site for updates and any changes to the programme. All events have limited places, so book up to avoid disappointment.

Opening Hours

Monday ' Friday 10-6pm

Saturday 12-6pm

Sunday 12-4pm

Exhibition continues until 19 October 2014

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