Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Frieze 2013: Matthew Smith to create installation in gutted toilet block
Not even the toilets of London will be safe from art next week as the Frieze circus rolls into town. As part of The Moving Museum at 180 The Strand, the artist Matthew Smith is creating an installation in a gutted bathroom block. Smith’s Glam Rock Bog will host various activities including a platform shoe-making workshop, catwalking classes and a disco with T Rex tribute act.
“It will be an ‘anything goes’ space,” says the artist. “There is a sense of hedonism within glam rock that I am drawn to, but I want to do something with no expectations and no sense of responsibility, to see what it feels like to make it up as I go along. I’m hoping it has the feel of playing truant from school, hiding out in the girls’ toilets, smoking cigarettes and throwing soaking wet paper towels at the ceiling.”
You could call it Smith’s cistern chapel (sorry).
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