Jeremy Deller, My Failures, installation view, Hayward Gallery, 2012. // Source: JeremyDeller.com

Jeremy Deller, My Failures, installation view, Hayward Gallery, 2012. // Source: JeremyDeller.com

I highly recommend this video of a lecture by Jeremy Deller presented by Situations UK. His background and practice form a welcome alternative to the cult of young, ‘bankable’ artists (he was 31 when he staged his first art show—in his parents’ house). He mentioned instances of his indifference to the contemporary art world’s reception and its isolation/self-regard, as well as being pleased when an art object lost its aestheticized status and returned to being an object. I also appreciated his candidness about failure, and its productive possibilities, as seen above.

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Jeremy Deller, My Failures, exhibition of rejected proposals

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