April & May 2010
Hey, We're Closed! was a programme of interventions by 13 British and international artists on the Hayward Gallery's exterior, while it was temporarily shut for essential maintenance work.
In their different ways, each of these interventions reflects on paradoxes and possibilities thrown up by the prospect of making art for a building to which the public currently has no access.
With works by: Annika Eriksson, Amalia Pica, Bob and Roberta Smith.
Watch the video of Annika Eriksson's 'I'm still waiting for you':
(Courtesy the artist, with thanks to Benjamin Males)
And a Poster Project featuring: Bo Christian Larsson, Ken Lum, Klaus Weber, followed by Anna Barriball, Lara Favaretto, Loris Gréaud, Erik van Lieshout, Nathaniel Mellors and Cullinan Richards.
Swedish artist Annika Eriksson (b. 1956, lives and works in Berlin) presents a new work entitled I’m Still Waiting For You (2010) that makes use of the Hayward Gallery’s illuminated sign, causing it to flicker as though it has ceased to function correctly, or is on the brink of blinking out forever.
For her work Buen Viaje ('Have a Good Journey', 2010) Argentine artist Amalia Pica (b. 1978, lives and works in London) transforms a run-down security cabin beside the Hayward Gallery’s car park into a fantasy environment, taking her visual cues from the customised vehicles of South American truckers. The refurbished cabin continues to function as normal throughout the Hayward Gallery’s period of closure, providing the site’s security staff with shelter from the elements.
British artist Bob and Roberta Smith (b. 1963, lives and works in London) makes his mark on the Hayward Gallery's foyer with a vast vinyl sign declaring 'I should be in charge!'.