A Deliberately Closed London Gallery Anti-Exhibition is Too Arty For Me

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

One of those pretentious, trendily-dressed rapscallions who one day thought of an idea so vague that it can't really be answered and realised they might be able to make a name for themselves by getting slow-walking people with too much time on their hands and not enough proper hobbies to pick at it like dreadful vultures on a rotting carcass instead has opened an anti-exhibition of sorts called 5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours.

Artist Maria Eichhorn has closed the Chisenhale Gallery for five weeks, in order to examine the role of work in our daily lives. Apparently it’s intriguing that getting stuff done takes time.

“Maria Eichhorn’s exhibition 5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours takes the form of an idea that operates in the public sphere,” reads the description on Chisenhale Gallery’s website. “The work is constituted not in the empty gallery but in the conversations and ideas that are generated around the project and in the free time given to the staff and what they choose to do with it. Eichhorn’s project directly confronts audience expectations of the artist, the artwork and the gallery, generating discourse rather than producing objects or images.”

The Chisenhale Gallery staff have essentially been given loads of extra days off.  Now I get it. The gallery reopens on May 31st. [TimeOut]