Ooh, what’s this? A nice lookin’ Moleskine notebook. Let’s crack it open. Wait, whaaaa? Where’s the… that side… with the part that opens? Damn you, Jeremy Hutchison!!! “True luxury has no function,” the artist explains. “It is not something to be used or understood. It is a feeling: beyond sense, beyond logic, beyond utility. It is an ethic of perfect dysfunctionality.”
Hutchison’s new exhibit at Paradise Row in London opens next month, unrolling a full series “dysfunctional luxuries” sure to elicit grunts of deep dissatisfaction from within your soul. You may have seen the trumpet that won’t trumpet before when we previously discussed Hutchison’s practice: The artist commissions various factories in China, India, Turkey, and Pakistan to make “incorrect” objects, conceived from “deliberate miscommunication.”
For his newest show, he’s gone all out. Introducing project Erratum, complete with a “high fashion” shoot, an edgy trailer and, of course, a range of purchasable, limited-edition items. Check out the product descriptions for poetic partial Chinglish, painful abstractions and possible mantras: “Classic design: a simple black rounded rectangle. The design of the circular black. Classic, simple rectangular, Classic design, simple rectangle, rounded black. simple rectangular, Classic design, circular black.” Sounds… frustrating. As spotted by Happy Famous Artists, browse some bits below.
Image credit: Jeremy Hutchison