Ordinary/Extra/Ordinary unites Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin and more at The Public

By Culture24 Reporter | 14 May 2013

Exhibition preview: Ordinary/Extra/Ordinary, The Public, West Bromwich, May 15 – September 29 2013

A photo of various small comical painted dolls on red shelves
Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, Painted Clown Eggs by Katherine Stone and Others. The Clown Museum, Dalston, London (2005)© Jeremy Deller / Alan Kane
Taking its lead from Cedric Price's Fun Palace – a building commissioned by a theatre director in the early 1960s which owed as much to Monty Python as it did cutting-edge architecture – curator David Thorp’s major exhibition at The Public unites the likes of Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, David Shrigley and Doug Fishbone.

A photo of a figure made out of potatoes and parsnips
Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, Vegetable Animal by Louise Guillaume, Lambeth Country Fair (2004)© Jeremy Deller / Alan Kane
Deller brings with him the Folk Archive, his collaborative exploration of contemporary culture devised alongside Alan Kane.

Now owned by the British Council, its elements include drawing, painting, film, costume and pleasing amounts of wit and political capering.

One of India’s most respected artists, Vivan Sundaram, reflects on his experiences with rubbish collectors on the streets of Delhi, relating it to notions of disposability and fashion.

And closer to the West Midlands, Birmingham’s Lucy McLauchlan makes sculptures from locally found objects.

Shrigley contributes animations, Tracey Emin broadcasts an autobiographical film work, and Doug Fishbone – last seen making a Crazy Golf course populated by send-ups of dictators – has made a mystery new commission.

“The show has its origins in the idea that The Public is a place where visitors can encounter contemporary art that is accessible,” outlines Thorp.

“It resonates with the familiar but extends and challenges perception at the same time.

“Rather than preaching about the value of art, it celebrates the vitality, diversity and humour that art can embody.”

  • Open 10am-5pm (11am-3pm Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @_the_public‎.

More pictures:

A photo of a room full of large orange balls
© Martin Creed
A photo of a black ink illustration of a skull with a flower coming out of its top
© David Shrigley
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