Open Home Hamper
11 May - 1 June, 2002
When housing agents lead willing punters into an
open home they want to show them a shop-window-abbreviated version
of a paradisiacal home sweet home. The potential homebuyer never
gets to try it on for size to spend a day playing around to see
if he or she really does fit the shoe neatly after all.
Open Home Hamper Mark Harvey is a
potential purchaser, conducting a nesting trail in the garage of
a suburban property which is for sale. Performing with video camera
strapped to this head, the viewer receives a first-hand view of
his activities in the space. Employing free-associative play in
this consumerist quest for the comforts of a happy home, Harvey
draws on a fantasyland of childhood TV imaginings and discovery,
a lucky dip of family values, action heroes, and happy endings -
along with allusions to home invasion and a nod to dinner table
The accumulation of objects as a result of his
work in the space can be seen to form a residue or a rubbish heap
of dead actions, or, conversely, a nest and refuge.
Open Home Hamper will also be subject to a TV-trained
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome attention span, where in a never-ending
pattern once I become board with a scenario I will leave it and
move on to something else...'In the name of the father' this hamper
of home-renovation is is set in the rear end of the suburban dream,
which is not only the garage but the bastion of the spanner and
all phallicentric dreams; a hamper fantasy playground.
Purchase the HARDSELL!! catalogue
Open Home Hamper (video still)
Reviews, Essays & Articles
Social Rites Study
The Press, May 30, 2002, p 32
Mark Harvey, Deej Fabyc, Elvis Richardson.
HARDSELL - BECAUSE YOU WANT IT!
MARK HARVEY - Artist Q&A
In The Physics Room Annual 2002