“I’m never shopping here again” is the pathetic parting shot of the disgruntled customer, illogically reasoning that promising to disappear forever will deliver a hammer blow to the armour of total indifference worn by the minimum wage lackey propping up the counter. “I didn’t give a flying fuck,” says Giles Walker. “Why would I?”
Giles was on the end of such utterly impotent outbursts during an undistinguished stint working in a paint shop way back when, but the futility of one person’s protests against an uninterested, unfeeling society is enduring. I’m Never Shopping Here Again is an art exhibition produced by the former shop assistant turned kinetic robot puppetmaster in collaboration with painter Candice Tripp. The pair are excited by the partnership which they describe as being much more than two artists sharing an exhibition space, and Tripp’s dark tales of lost innocence and twisted children are well suited to Walker’s morally uncertain work in which victim and perpetrator are hard to distinguish. Black Rat Projects in London is the scene of this grim but fascinating collision, which runs from 30 November to 12 December.