|03/12/20 - 03/01/21
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 the OUTPUT Gallery Podcast interview with Jon using the
player below or read a transcript here.
you were in charge of the world, how would housing work?
once saw a post that something along the lines of “housing should be
like food, no one gets seconds until everyone has had firsts.” The way
I see it, housing and property is hoarded by the rich as a commodity
and rent is a tax they put on the working class and small business
owners. Housing should be a human right and every government should be
responsible for providing all its citizens with it.
How has it
felt to be an artist during the pandemic?
an artist hasn’t been too bad for me, I got furloughed in the first
lockdown so had 3 weeks to draw and grow veg for the first time. But
the headspace that making art provides has always been a lifeline and
helped me get through all this mentally. It is working in retail which
has been the true hell, and makes art feel like a relief.
Where do you
look for inspiration?
look at all kinds of stuff from medieval art, the renaissance, comic
strips, animated series such as Adventure Time or old Simpsons
episodes, a bit of contemporary art, memes, shitposting, artists I
follow online, reading books and anime. It’s all material I take in and
consume. If something relates to me or I enjoy it or makes me feel a
big mood then it gets a screenshot on my phone and saved for the next
time I’m sketching.