1. ICA: Art Jak
In case you missed it in 1978, the ICA has relaunched its pop fashion vintage bomber jacket designed by Peter Blake (pictured above). Emblazoned with ‘THE I.C.A LIKES ART,’ this brightly-coloured polyethylene fashion item is fit for an ’80s pop star and priced at £70 in recognition of the ICA’s 70th anniversary.
2. Lux: Fluxfilm Anthology
Compiled by Fluxus founder George Maciunas, this DVD features 37 films that range in length from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. The result is 120 playfully experimental minutes that features seminal and lesser-know pieces by Fluxus artists, including Nam June Paik’s Zen for Film, Yoko Ono’s cheeky Four and George Brecht’s Entrance to Exit. And all for just £23.
3. Iniva: Shiraz Bayjoo print
An archive postcard of sunken 19th century steel barque, the Dalblair, is the basis for Naufrage du Dalblair, a limited edition of 30 giclee digital prints, priced at £85 each. Shiraz Bayjoo‘s work often references his native Mauritius, off the coast of which this steel barque sunk in 1902.
4. Granby Workshop: Granby Rock Light
Turner Prize-nominated architecture collective Assemble have worked with Will Shannon to create a series of home furnishings and decorations sourced from the demolition process of Granby Four Streets in Liverpool. New social enterprise Granby Workshop is a collaboration with local residents to rescue the waste construction materials and repurpose them into objects of value. These £100 lights are made from found rubble, sand and aggregate, with three different options of pigmented cement.
5. Gasworks: Joel Croxson canvas tote bag
‘More’ – it might be a call to seize the day, a Dickensian request for fairness, or a commentary on the boundlessness of human exploration. And now, thanks to artist Joel Croxson and London’s Gasworks, it can continue to humorously bewilder and inspire interpretation as a canvas tote bag on the shoulder of one of your loved ones. All for just £20.
6. Ikon: Robert Groves’ ‘I’m only brilliant’ badge
For just 50p you can brighten up someone’s day, boost egos and encourage a rather un-British show of well deserved self-congratulation with this ever popular badge by Robert Groves. A cheeky statement with a shine to it.
7. Crate: Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge wall chart print
Ever wondered who’s mooring their mega-yachts beside Venice’s Giardini or out in the lagoon, looming over your horizon? Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge have the answer with their humorous Yacht Identification Guide, yours for £20. Designed for the English Magic Re-Mix exhibition, now it’s easy to spot which silhouette on the horizon belongs to Roman Abramovich, Steven Spielberg or Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai.
8. Royal Academy: Ai Weiwei finger umbrella
This cheeky piece of merchandising, designed to accompany the Ai Weiwei retrospective at the Royal Academy, is a chance to give ‘the finger’ to those unknown or barely visible forces above – the weather, CCTV, drone operators. Humorous as it may be, it can also be an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the serious politics of censorship that have led Ai Weiwei to raise his finger at numerous regimes.
9. British Ceramics Biennial: Small wall piece by Jo Taylor
A small ceramic wall piece from 2012 Bath Spa graduate Jo Taylor offers a contemporary take on the baroque for £275. Combining fragments turned on her potter’s wheel to build up a surreal and fragile aesthetic, it playfully reframes decorative architectural patterns, suggesting organic movement and meshing between the past and the present.
10. Atelier Ji: Chloë Manasseh hand lithographic print
The Banana Tree is published by Atelier Ji and printed by Nutmeg Editions as part of an ongoing collaboration with artist Chloë Manasseh, whose exploration of perception and movement in landscape comes to the fore in this 12-colour hand lithograph on Somerset Satin, created from eight lithographic plates. Edition of 25 (plus two artist proofs), from £400.
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