Carmelite Café presents an exhibition of OPEN & CLOSED signs from the collection of Mark Pawson (who we featured in January with his colelctions of Noggins).
This exhibition features approximately 50 signs - the majority of the collection, which will be added to as new OPEN & CLOSED Signs arrive during the run of the show.
Here's Mark's explanation:
"In 2002 I bought a beautiful OPEN & CLOSED Sign, which had evidently seen many years of use, at a North London car boot sale. It's a practical object which says OPEN in multicoloured Perspex letters on one side and CLOSED on the other side, it hangs from a short metal chain and is easily turned around by hand. No instructions are necessary to tell you how to use it, it's an intelligible useful item - but with an element of decoration shown in the typeface and colours used.
This discovery intrigued me, the sign was an ubiquitous everyday object, used daily in innumerable shops and cafes, glanced at yet barely noticed or given closer attention, versions of which have existed, relatively unchanged for many decades.
I kept my eyes peeled for more signs and slowly a collection built up, comprised of OPEN & CLOSED Signs bought in the UK and USA, foreign language versions acquired abroad on trips to Morocco, Japan and Portugal and online purchases of new and used signs together with generous donations from friends accustomed to asking .'What are you collecting at the moment Mark ?'. All the OPEN & CLOSED Signs in this collection are straightforward double-sided signs, there's no flashing LEDs, moving mechanical parts or lists of daily opening times."
Mark Pawson is an artist, publisher, bookseller and lecturer.
Since being at school he's made and distributed a constant stream of books, postcards, badges, multiples, T-shirts and other essential ephemera, often inspired by collections. Examples of his work are in the collections of the Tate Gallery Library, London and MOMA Library, New York.
181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJI
Opening:- Wed 17th July 6-9pm
17th July - 29th September 2013
10am - 5pm Tuesday - Sunday
View Mark's website here