bloc projects

  • Installation view of Three Act Structure, S1 Artspace, 2014

Adjunct Programme – Self Service

Friday 07 October 2016

8 – 22 October

Biggins Brothers – 154 Arundel Street – 12pm – 5pm

Part of Off the Shelf Festival of Words

Bloc Projects is pleased to support a new exhibition by Sheffield-based artist Peter Martin at new, neighbouring arts venue Biggins Brothers, in partnership with Off The Shelf: Festival of Words 2016.

Referring to the pivotal moment in retail, that began in the 1940s, in which shoppers were given the autonomy to select their own goods without the aid of a shopkeeper, Self Selection is a new collection of work by Martin that continue his creation of new narratives through the use of archival television footage and fragments of journalistic writing.

For this exhibition, Martin has created a new video work, This Is Not An Isolated Incident, in which he abstracts and collates a series of minor conflicts from YouTube. Video footage from the material has been replaced with mono prints taken from individual frames. These frames are then reanimated into a single sequence, with each vignette sitting ambiguously between factual documentation and fictional depiction.

This new film will be shown with a series of other works including Come On Ladies…, in which a recording of shop announcements played out on a busy street in Liverpool is transported to an industrial warehouse in Sheffield. By removing the context the video draws focus towards the colloquialisms and the intonation of high street sales.

His work carries the agency of unexplainable artifacts, like unlabeled VHS tapes found at a car boot sales. He uses dry humor to deflect existential anxiety and views his work as alternative archival bookmarks.