Michael Landy Is Uncovering the Real Athens by Drawing It Hundreds of Times
The credit card destroying machine, which simultaneously produced a spirograph style drawing was one of the main attractions of the Frieze art exhibition in 2011 (see YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRX95gzSMNw).
Signature: signed and dated lower right
There is an ongoing exhibition (throughout UK) featuring Michael Landy entitled: Drawn from people (Life on paper). More information: http://visualarts.britishcouncil.org/exhibitions/exhibition/drawn-from-people-life-on-paper-2016
From the Frieze London 2011
A member of the Young British Artists (YBAs), conceptual artist Michael Landy produces installations that comment on consumerism. For his best-known work Break Down (2001), Landy gathered all of his worldly belongings, including clothes, postage stamps, a car, and works of art by himself and other artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, and installed them in a former shop space in central London. After cataloguing all 7,227 items, Landy destroyed them on an assembly line with the help of 10 workers. None of the remaining rubbish was sold, and Landy made no money from the project. “I’m always trying to get rid of myself,” Landy said of the piece. “That’s the closest I’ve ever got.” In Art Bin (2010), Landy invited members of the public, collectors, and artists to dispose of artworks in a giant transparent container installed in a London gallery. In recent years, Landy has also produced etchings of weeds in the traditional style of botanical studies.
British, b. 1963, London, United Kingdom