The Living Room was created as part of a collaboration between myself and five other artists. We wanted to create a work that pushed the boundaries of the conventional gallery space and create a piece that involved the viewers interaction. Taking inspiration from artists such as Rirkrit Tiravanija whose installations can involve cooking as key part of his work, we began to think of a way we could create an artwork which offered a service to the public.
Based in York and aware of the city’s popularity with tourists, the decision was made to hire an unused shop right in the middle of the high street allowing the work to become accessible to everyone.
The use of the shop, took away the sometimes daunting nature the white walls in the gallery can have. As we wanted to create a space that was warm and inviting, the shop was transformed to replicate a living room decorated as if it was Christmas time despite it only being the 28th March.
The public were invited to come in and take the weight off their feet as they shopped and could enjoy refreshments such as tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits. Everyone was then offered the chance to write their own response to the work which was pegged up on a washing line.