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Jon Edgley
December 3rd - January 3rd
It’s a difficult time for many but we still have culture to see us through and while people can’t come to OUTPUT, we’ve been thinking of ways to get the art to you. So, we’re going postal. Here marks the beginning of our postal exhibition format - shows in posters you can keep. We are starting this new experimental series with Liverpool-based artist Jon Edgley (b. 1996, Wirral) who graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2018. The first postal exhibition is a postal print produced at Granby Press.

For his exhibition, Edgley is looking at the figure of the landlord as one who exploits a tenant’s labour to inflate their own wealth. Taking inspiration from cartoons for children as well as political comic strips in newspapers, he has produced drawings that star the landlord as a villain caught up in scenes of comical gags and physical violence. These are made with pen and paper before being scanned in and digitally composited. Further, to situate the polemics of his work in this show, Edgley will be installing a host of his own illustrated To Let signs on the front of the gallery while the building is closed due to pandemic restrictions. This aims to highlight the fact that the problem of landlordism is a shared concern across domestic, cultural and commercial spaces too.

Listen to our podcast interview with the artist or read a transcription here.
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