Paradise now

31 Jan 2008 – 5 Feb 2008


London, United Kingdom


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  • 8,67,149,242,243,388
  • Liverpool Street / Old Street and Shoreditch High St. overground

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Danny Greaney, Hugh McCarthy


Danny Greaney and Hugh McCarthy's joint work for studio 1.1, configured to fit the galleryspace, investigates the multiple functions and forms of discarded, man-made materials.

Detergent bottles, felt-tip pens, styrofoam coffee cups and plastic spoons are re-structured to resemble primitive plant-life, so that these manufactured scraps from the real world imitate the living forms their very production imperils. And with those same materials of consumerism, Greaney and McCarthy satirise the paramount commodification of art today, asking where exactly value resides.

The ironic re-ordering of the worthless and un-natural detritus of modern life seems to mock organic growth and celebrate sterility. Yet the vision is not altogether dystopian: these primitive flowers sweeten the pill. Having forgotten their origins in either the cafeteria or office they propose a cartoon Eden, a paradise we were not expelled from but are busy destroying from within.

The double-edged satire in Greaney and McCarthy's work reminds us of the etymological link between salvage and salvation, as they attempt to build "a Heaven in Hell's despair". The work lasts a week in the gallery, a lifetime in the landfill, and, in the memory, lingers as art.

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