HUGH WILLIAMSON LECTURE: MICHAEL PINSKY
Buy less, bin less: the culture of consuming
Things are cheap. Space is expensive. Large private art galleries exhibiting a few select artworks epitomise the contemporary expression of wealth. However, behind this minimalism lies a world of waste.
Michael Pinsky envisions his art as a service rather than a product. His interests lie in the public and public space rather than with the private collector and the private gallery. Wherever possible he seeks to reuse, recycle and adapt to create his installations using local materials, knowledge and labour. Michael Pinsky will present his journey as an artist and activist, suggesting that art can play a critical role in changing people’s lives and challenging the capitalist narrative that unfettered economic growth is the global panacea.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Michael Pinsky is a British artist whose work have been shown in galleries and public spaces internationally. Taking the combined roles of artist, urban planner, activist, researcher, and citizen he often starts residencies and commissions without a specified agenda, working with local people and resources, allowing the physical, social and political environment to define his working methodology. Past work has been shown at TATE Britain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu; Saatchi Gallery; Victoria and Albert Museum; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; La Villette, Paris; BALTIC, Gateshead; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow and more.