Home Improvements, curated by John Waters

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Home Improvements, curated by John Waters

Iconic filmmaker John Waters celebrates marvel in the mundane, with an exhibition that elevates the ordinary...

Having taken aim at the vulgarity of the nouveaux riches, the nauseating cult of celebrity, and all manner of Tinseltown excesses in his London exhibition Beverly Hills John last year, the manic mind behind cult classics like Pink Flamingos and Hairspray has turned his attention to the mundane in a new art show.

Home Improvements, curated by John Waters at FraenkelLAB, San Francisco

Martin Creed. Work No. 2340, 2015
Plastic bags, 20 7/8 x 18 1/2 x 3 inches
© Martin Creed Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo, Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Currently underway at San Francisco art venue Fraenkel Gallery’s new 1632 Market Street space, FraenkelLAB, Home Improvements, curated by John Waters sees the iconic film director (author, comedian, artist, actor … and so on) collating works from a glowing roster of art talent. Namely: Martin Creed, Moyra Davey, Vincent Fecteau, Paul Gabrielli, gelitin, Paul Lee, Tony Matelli, Doug Padgett, Karin Sander, Gedi Sibony, Lily van der Stokker, and George Stoll.

What unites the artists’ work is the elevation of humble, everyday objects to art form; in what Waters calls ‘a celebration of the low-tech concept of remodelling’. Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed reveals the beauty in plastic shopping bags, Midwest artist Doug Padgett revels in the unexpected aesthetic glory of light switches, Waters himself turns the undistinguished baby stroller into something entirely unfit for purpose. As the curator himself says, these works will ‘hopefully make any serious property owner want to throw caution to the wind, pack up their living space, and start over.’

Home Improvements, curated by John Waters continues at FraenkelLAB, San Francisco, until 28 May.

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Lily van der Stokker

Lily van der Stokker. So What, 2008
Colored pencil on paper. 11.7 x 8.3 in
Courtesy the artist and Koenig & Clinton, New York

gelitin. Untitled, 2012

gelitin. Untitled, 2012
Mixed media. 31 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (80 x 36 x 36 cm)
Courtesy of the artists and Greene Naftali, New York

John Waters. Bill's Stroller

John Waters. Bill’s Stroller, 2014
Umbrella lightweight stroller with silkscreened linen and spiked, leather belt. 39 x 14 x 26 inches © John Waters
Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

Home Improvements, curated by John Waters at FraenkelLAB, San Francisco Installation View
Doug Padgett. Untitled (double light switch I)

Doug Padgett. Untitled (double light switch I), 2013
Oil paint on gator board. 4 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄2 in.
© Doug Padgett

George Stoll. Untitled (9 pack orange), 1998

George Stoll. Untitled (9 pack orange), 1998
Burned balsa wood and alkyd. 4 3⁄4 x 8 3⁄4 x 2 1⁄4 inches
© George Stoll

Moyra Davey. Receivers

Moyra Davey. Receivers, 2003
Chromogenic print. 24 x 20 inches
Image courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York

Paul Gabrielli

Paul Gabrielli. Untitled, 2013
Olefin mat, cotton trim, galvanized steel chain and hasp eyes, aluminum, card stock, ink, pastel, oil paint. 30 1⁄4 x 31 1⁄4 x 21 3⁄4 inches
Courtesy of the artist and INVISIBLE- EXPORTS

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