Michael Landy: An artist who literally puts his life into his work

Michael Landy, talked about his work for (Artangel, 2001) “Breakdown” in which he meticulously catalogued every one of his posessions and had them shredded in the site of the former C&A clothes store on Oxford Street. This experience fueled his subsequent work for The Underground called “Acts of Kindness” in which he found ways of displaying a record of random and small acts of kindness that connect strangers .

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“Acts Of Kindness” London Underground Michael Landy.

He has also worked on “Semi-Detached” in which he made a life size sculpture replicating his family home. He alsomade  work honing in on interior details of the home that pertained to his family relationships. He has furthered this work in drawings of his family which have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery. He spoke about his father who had been a Miner, and had made drawings of his father’sin the latter part of his life, which in someway made reference to the cost of mining in health terms to his own father. He spoke about how much his father loved being a Miner. Michael Landy has an honesty within his work that challenges our contemporary culture and lifestyle  and anchors himself and therefore us in the recent commercial led society.  

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