Person to Person is a new exhibition by Lloyd Corporation at Carlos Ishikawa. It features a large sculptural installation comprised of reclaimed wooden telegraph poles, affixed with street notices and advertisements found by the artists.
Over the last six years Lloyd Corporation have collected hundreds of notices, advertisements, messages, stickers and signs from different countries. Posted anonymously to various kinds of street furniture, these materials bring to light a multitude of complex, informal social interactions and communications that occur, person to person and in public, across urban spaces.
For this exhibition a selection drawn primarily from London streets are brought together, highlighting social justice campaigns, financial opportunities and personal messages. Ranging from the hand-made to basic forms of copy and print, these low-fi objects have been taken out of their typically transient circulation to reflect on current political and economic issues people are facing in the city.
The material structure of the installation, a ‘forest’ of telegraph poles, further addresses issues of communication, public space and ecology. These wooden posts are ex-British Telecom property, used to form our utilities infrastructure and support the large networks of electrical and fiber optic cables that facilitate our mobile and digital communications. Increasingly discarded in favour of metal poles, these waste objects are now being re-circulated on consumer-to-consumer platforms such as eBay, for sale as reclaimed timber for landscaping and DIY projects.
Available alongside the exhibition is a booklet containing six newly commissioned texts, produced by artists, writers and researchers in response to Lloyd Corporation’s collection of street notices and advertisements.