Lawrence Epps pumps clay into Front Room as Cambridge prepares for Shit Job Machine

By Culture24 Reporter | 07 January 2014

Artist Lawrence Epps will pump clay onto a gallery floor in a Cambridge installation questioning office culture



At the end of a week when many returned to the daily grind, an endless line of clay commuters will spew out onto the floor of the Front Room gallery in The Shit Job Machine, an installation in Cambridge using a relentless and repetitive technological system which would be the scourge of any prudent office.

A photo of swirls of brown clay protruding from a white gallery wall onto the floor below
Epps aims to question office culture and our working lives© Lawrence Epps, courtesy Front Room
Its creator, Lawrence Epps, was responsible for 8,000 small clay men in Manchester, criss-crossing the streets as part of an installation, Human Resources, at the famously innovative FutureEverything festival two years ago. The public were allowed to take the tiny terracotta workers home when they chanced upon them, reporting their sightings on Twitter.

More than a tonne of clay will be pumped onto the gallery floor. Organisers might hope visitors will dispose of the mess – at Epps’ most recent pavilion, Take Stock, at last year’s British Ceramics Biennial, visitors took units of the structure away, gradually dismantling the pavilion during the show.

Texts by Epps and award-winning poet Holly Corfield Carr – the Writer-in-Residence at Bristol’s Spike Island gallery last year – will also be made available to viewers.

  • Runs January 10-24 2014. Front Room, Gwydir Street, Cambridge. Supported by Potclays Ltd.

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A photo of swirls of brown clay protruding from a white gallery wall onto the floor below
© Lawrence Epps, courtesy Front Room
A photo of some brown clay coming out of a grey circle on the white wall of a gallery
© Lawrence Epps, courtesy Front Room
A photo of some brown clay coming out of a grey circle on the white wall of a gallery
© Lawrence Epps, courtesy Front Room
A photo of some brown clay coming out of a grey circle on the white wall of a gallery
© Lawrence Epps, courtesy Front Room
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