Michael Landy
Scrapheap Services
19 June 1996 – 28 June 1996
Opening: Wednesday 19 June

In 1993 Landy set about creating a fictitious cleaning company called Scrapheap Services. What started as a six-month project escalated into a large-scale venture spanning over two years. The resulting installation at Chisenhale Gallery has a strong visual impact. Small cut-out figures, made from old cans, fast food wrapping and household waste, are strewn across the floor or swept into piles awaiting collection. Life size mannequins dressed in colour co-ordinated workwear are the cleaners. Enameled signs depicted an earthly paradise, idealised landscapes free from imperfection and clutter. These images of a problem-free world manifests Scrapheap Services’ ultimate goal, “to rid society of all its ills so giving a better quality of life” (Michael Landy, Scrapheap Services video, 1995).

The focal point of the installation is ‘Vulture’, an eleven foot purpose built shredder for disposing of all the cut out people. A twenty-five horse power engine and welded steel construction with self-sharpening blades inside ensured that Vulture “cuts through people instantly, leaving them torn apart”. The resulting pile of scrapheap was the company product, symbolising wasted human potential. This installation is accompanied by a promotional video complete with corporate jingle: “Scrapheap Services: We leave the scum with no place to hide”.

Michael Landy was born in London in 1963, where he currently lives and works. He studied at Goldsmith's College from 1985 to 1988.

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Michael Landy

SOLD OUT

ISBN 1-901066-00-2
Published by Chisenhale Gallery and Ridinghouse Editions 1996
Hardback, colour illustrations, pp 30

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Michael Landy
SOLD OUT

Published by Waddington Galleries 1996
Paperback, colour illustrations, pp 27

For more information about the exhibition please click here

  • Exhibition
  • Chisenhale Gallery Friends and Patrons receive 10% discount on limited edition prints and publications priced up to the value of £3,500 For information about how to join the Friends and Patrons Programme please click here.

  • Chisenhale Gallery
    64 Chisenhale Road
    London E3 5QZ

    T: +44 (0)20 8981 4518 mail@chisenhale.org.uk

    For media enquiries please contact:
    media@chisenhale.org.uk or
    Ellen Greig on +44 (0)20 3328 1964 or ellen.greig@chisenhale.org.uk