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Kevin Harman – Skip 13 & Frieze Art Fair

As the art world limbered up in preparation for the 2012 Frieze Art Fair (11 – 14 October), a young Scottish artist named Kevin Harman spent the weekend in N7, in a skip.

Harman’s project for Frieze, Skip 13, a film of which is on view at Ingleby Gallery’s stand during the fair (G19), began on Friday 5 October with the artist combing the streets of London for a suitable site in which to make his unusually democratic and generous contribution to the world of public art.

Once he had identified a suitable skip (in a quiet street, brimful of junk) and the builders left for the weekend, Harman began. Working through the night and the following days Harman removed every scrap from the skip, ordering and sorting by material and size, before carefully putting everything back according to the rhythms of colour, shape and pattern. By Sunday evening he had created something wonderful and unexpected. Something out of nothing, briefly… before the builders returned on Monday morning to be confronted by a re-shuffled world.

Harman’s Skip series began in 2007 and, as the title suggests, this is the 13th time that Harman has worked in this way. The gesture is typical of the range of guerilla style projects for which he is beginning to make his name, including Love Thy Neighbour; a work that involved ‘borrowing’ 210 doormats from local residents for his undergraduate degree show in 2008, and most recently 24/7, a project commissioned by the 2012 Edinburgh Art Festival that saw Harman living for 24 hours in an Asda superstore on the edge of the city.

Exploring the everyday to find the extraordinary, Harman works across media and performance, even if the performance itself remains unseen until unveiled by the artwork. In this he confronts barriers between the act of creation and the act of experience – linking the art and the audience in a moment of shared discovery.

 

Ingleby Gallery at Frieze
Work by Kevin Harman will be included in Ingleby Gallery’s Frieze presentation (Stand G19)
11 – 14 October, 2012

Kevin Harman: Before I begin
BBC Radio 3: THE ESSAY
12th October, 22.45

Kevin Harman: when a tree falls
Gallery II, Ingleby Gallery
2 November – 22 December, 2012

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