Jeremy Deller at a Glance: Revisit Past Works

British Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 22, 2013 2:41AM

1. Procession, 2009

“I like what has happened in Manchester – historically, politically, musically – and I've always enjoyed being there, so when I was asked to make a public artwork for Manchester International Festival in 2009, I assembled a procession of the city's people and their activities. It was mostly a celebration of public space and the people occupying it: buskers, smokers, car modifiers, The Big Issue sellers and so on. One of the elements was Valerie's Snack Bar, this cafe in Bury Market, which just seemed to be a great gathering place for OAPs. The snack bar was almost exactly replicated and put on the back of a lorry and taken for a spin. As with any procession, there are lots of contradictory elements: some are traditional, others are contemporary or even futuristic. I wanted in a way to try and make something a bit like a procession you would see on The Simpsons, a sort of social surrealist event full of bizarre, funny, wrong-seeming things.”— Jeremy Deller

2. So Many Ways to Hurt You (The Life and Times of Adrian Street) 2010, Film still, Courtesy of the Artist, art: concept, Paris, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.

3. Rejected Tube Map Cover Illustration 2007, Screenprint on paper. Courtesy of the Artist, art: concept, Paris, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photo by Ruth Clark.

4. Bless This Acid House 2012, Painting on door, Courtesy of the Artist, art: concept, Paris, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, Photo by Mark Blower.

British Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale