Getting around copyright through cardboard: Merlin Carpenter’s Do Not Open Until 2081 at Simon Lee Gallery, Oct 26 – Nov 25

, 25 October 2017

Merlin Carpenter presents solo exhibition Do Not Open Until 2081 at London’s Simon Lee Gallery opening October 26 and running to November 25.

The solo show is “an exhibition of wrapped paintings” which re-interprets work by painter John Hoyland (1934-2011). Permission was not granted for the project, so the works remain in layers of cardboard to skirt around the issue of copyright.

Drawn to his series for their engagement with large-scale US paintings, the cardboard wrappings become monochromes and readymades, “complete with packing tape and transport labels” and will also require anyone who purchases one to keep it wrapped until the year 2081.

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Merlin Carpenter, Poor Leatherette (2015). Installation view. Courtesy MD 72, Berlin.