Moscow

APARTMENT OF MR.REVEREND: GROUP EXHIBITION

6 Mar - 21 Apr 2018

It is known that Mr Reverend was born and died in London at the age of seventy five. He spent his whole life in this city living in a two-room apartment on 6 Apach road in Brixton. The works of art presented at the exhibition come from the private collection of Mr Reverend — they were kindly provided for the exhibition by his nephew Mr Eugene.

Here is how Mr Eugene describes the works that his uncle assembled:

 

«Mr Reverend’s personal portrait was commissioned from Ryan Mosley in 2007. Mr Reverend met the artist when the latter worked as a chef in a cafe.

My uncle was looking for false ventilation grilles for a long time. It seemed to him that the British spirit and British brains are sucked somewhere through the working ventilation. The words written on the grilles — «Around. Every. Corner.» — were often drawlingly repeated by him.

Uncle was particularly proud of the hanger. He assumed that it was the most durable hanger in the world — both in this one and the one beyond.

He also liked that an Austrian made it and not a German.

Uncle was rather ascetic. He slept on the metal couch, only on the small black bench would he tie his shoe laces. His favourite book was «Trainspotting» by Irving Welsh. The Richard Prince photograph hang in his bedroom — the one with the initial of a girl he was in love with since his childhood.

The black table was in the living room, and this huge paining hung above it. Uncle by accident passed by Rose’s exhibition that was taking place somewhere close to London in a tiny gallery. He was surprised by the artist’s old age and immediately set out to visit Rose in her village — that is where he discovered this painting in her attic. To the left and to the right of Rose’s work — the apocalyptic painting and the assemblage with eyes. And also another work that used to hang in his bedroom — the coloured shed by Gillick. Mr Reverend referred to it as a «roof» and kept his umbrella cane underneath».

Liam Gillick
Frequency Platform, 2001