MONOCHROME SHOP – Andrew Smith, Ithica Smith and Mark Cunningham
September 12 – October 11
The best art commercial out there, that’s what you’ll discover if you visit Monochrome Shop at UNIT/PITT Projects in Chinatown. A power-packed advert finished in crisp black and white text. The announcer shouts at you to reveal every single type of monochrome that you can possibly purchase at the shop. From zombie formalist monochromes to decorator friendly brand-name reductivism, everything must go! The availability and variety of monochromes at Monochrome Shop is…well, astonishing!
Artists Andrew Smith, Ithica Smith and Mark Cunningham have created a tongue-in-cheek shop that challenges the traditional role of the artist run centre. They’ve re-appropriated a former grocery shop turned artist space. Turning it again back into a commercial shop. One that sells the most ‘saleable’ type of artwork on the market. That’s right folks, the Monochrome! Come and get yours while supplies last!
Comparing the popularity of the monochrome with the contagiousness of a virus, the artists channel Kasimir Malevich and reveal the Monochrome as a grounding force in art, life, and in the process of collaboration. The Opening stopped in to chat with Andrew Smith and Mark Cunningham about the project and discover just how adaptable and versatile the monochrome is. For a full reveal on our findings read the interview below.
If you want to discuss the exhibition with the artists, you will have a chance to, artist Mark Cunningham is making work in the shop throughout the exhibition. There will also be a book launch towards the end of the exhibition visit UNIT/PITT Projects to find out more.