Massimo De Carlo London presents JUNQUE, a group exhibition curated by New York based artist Jamian Juliano-Villani, which includes artworks by Mario Ayala, Ashley Bickerton, Bobo, Maurizio Cattelan, Willie Cole, General Idea, Anthea Hamilton, Charles Harlan, Hugh Hayden, Luiz Jiménez, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Matthieu Malouf, Calvin Marcus, Juan Antonio Olivares, Ovartaci, Sven Sachsalber, Borna Sammak, Luigi Serafini, John Waters.
Junque: items portrayed as or imagined to be more valuable than they are, such as old objects treated as antiques, junk bonds promoted as safe investments, etc. Junk is viewed differently, clutter, decorative or cumbersome.
Junk also is the slang term for penis. This show contains all elements of Junque. Ranging from the iconic John Waters’ ‘Gift Basket for Losers’ to the fantastical sculptures of Luigi Serafini, the show spans several decades of unnecessary but poignant levels of stuff that not only take up space, but could be a good investment if you have the right eye.
– Jamian Juliano-Villani
Installation views: Todd-White Art Photography, Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong