A bit about Off Licence – Cash only (from their website)
On August 28, Off License – Cash Only, an installation and sculpture supermarket by Frederik Nystrup-Larsen & Oliver Sundqvist in collaboration with V1 Gallery, will open in Copenhagen on Møntergade 3C, consisting of a pop-up storefront that displays and sells sculptures named after the everyday objects that inspire them.
In the store, the sculptures will be sold at the current market price of the object they’re named after – from an avocado to an ancient Greek terracotta wine amphora, circa 350 BC (missing one handle). The customer will be able to bring them home immediately, thus reimagining the process of buying art into an everyday shopping experience. The installation is accompanied by an Instagram-profile @offlicense_cashonly, displaying the sculptures as products from an online store.
Off License – Cash Only will open with fully stocked shelves and will be restocked at regular intervals for the duration of the installation, while stock lasts. 111 sculptures will be presented during the eight opening days. Sculptures cannot be pre-ordered and are sold on a first come, first served basis. All the sculptures presented are crafted from papier mâché, acrylic paint and lacquer. The works are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, signed by the artists. Sculpture prices range between €1,3 (avocado, sculpture) and €9.327 (convertible soft-top sports car (2013, 418.429 km), sculpture).
Inspired by Claes Oldenburg’s The Store in New York from 1961 and the off-license liquor stores in London, where the two artists have been living for the past six months, the project springs from a critical approach to overconsumption, bad manufacturing, as well as an irrational fear of online shopping; the feeling of never being completely sure whether what you see is what you get.
With Off License – Cash Only Nystrup-Larsen & Sundqvist essentially seek to challenge the viewer to be more critical of what they see and buy, while investigating the fine line between art and commerce and the way we attribute value to objects of art by experimenting with the relationship between fiction and fact.
Off License – Cash Only is the first edition, additional pop-up stores will follow in other cities around the world.
Frederik Nystrup-Larsen (b. 1992) & Oliver Sundqvist (b. 1991) is a Danish artist duo, both graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design (Furniture) in 2017. Nystrup-Larsen currently studies Sculpture at Royal College of Art, London. Embossed by their time, they easily cross boundaries between various media; installations, sculpture, interior design and recycled worn-out objects with flair for treating complex materials with dignity and innovative creativity. Recent exhibitions and installations include How To Build A Blanket Fort, 2019, a large-scale installation and bar, created in collaboration with architects Spacon and X, commissioned by Tuborg for Roskilde Festival, Soft Boxing, 2019, at Eighteen, Copenhagen, Eros Torso, 2018, a collection of one-off vases made of repurposed single-use plastic containers for the flower shop Tableau, Copenhagen, and Mater, 2017, a series of pigmented concrete vases exhibited at the refurbished Noma restaurant in Copenhagen and in the design store Totokaelo in New York.
Nystrup-Larsen & Sundqvist and V1 Gallery would sincerely like to thank Egmont for providing the location Møntergade 3C. Without creative room to play, our city centers will wither away. Thank you to Tuborg for Tuborg.
A bit about V1 Gallery (from their website)
V1 Gallery was founded in 2002 by Jesper Elg and Peter Funch. In 2004 Mikkel Grønnebæk joined the gallery. The gallery represents a select group of emerging and established artists and is committed to introducing art, in all media, to an international audience. Seeing art as a profound and competent media for social and political discourse, the gallery aspires to serve as a platform for art that interacts with the surrounding society.