Michael Landy (Author of Michael Landy)
He is best known for the performance piece installation Break Down , in which he destroyed all his possessions, and for the Art Bin project at the South London Gallery. Spotted a problem? Let us know. Richard Mabey. Michael Landy. Arthur Smith.
An American couple at the Tower of London. I was on a school trip, sketching a piece of armour, and they told me they liked my drawing. And I went on long summer holidays in Ireland as a child with nothing to do but draw or fight with my sisters over sweets. Old Tige by Jim Reeves. It's about a guy getting back from military service who doesn't know his dog has died.
Landy was born in London. In he transformed a vast industrial space into an imaginary indoor market for his installation work simply titled Market. Completely devoid of produce, the installation used only the basic apparatus of display: tiered steel framed stalls with a fake grass covering, plastic crates and other items as used by London street traders, with video monitors playing film sequences of actual traders going about their daily business of setting up their stalls using the same materials. His installation Scrapheap Services , first shown in the exhibition Brilliant! For his most recent work Breakdown , presented over 14 days in a disused department store in the heart of the West End of London in February , Landy systematically broke down every single thing he owned at that point in his life, over individual items, the ultimate statement on consumerism. A transparent, flexible plastic material, usually of cellulose acetate or polyester, on which light-sensitive emulsion is coated, or on which an image can be formed by various transfer processes. An artwork comprised of many and various elements of miscellaneous materials see mixed media , light and sound, which is conceived for and occupies an entire space, gallery or site.
Michael Landy RA. In his final year he contributed to Freeze and in his work was included in Sensation at the Royal Academy of Arts: an exhibition of Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection. He has also been involved in numerous projects demonstrating his fascination with the constructive potential of destruction, most recently in his exhibition Scaled Down , in which his earlier works were compressed into small cubic sculptures. Each month we catch up with a different Royal Academician. A quick look at some of the new titles which draw on the connection between art and the written word.