Launched at The Peculiar People, 2016, Focal Point Gallery, The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea
BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free), 2017, is the second of two related commissions from Focal Point Gallery. The first Save Southend-on-Sea Central Library, 2009, was shown in Savoir Faire.
BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) sardonically embraces gentrification and neo-liberalism and is designed double sided to offer it’s collectors viewing choice. BOGOF is a purposely hypocritical response to the original commission – a luke-warm campaign to save Southend’s Central Library which Focal Point Gallery was then situated within and that was earmarked for demolition. The library was moved into a new building, no longer specifically designated for Southend residents, but serves the university too. Both library and gallery exist in a newly gentrified state; the gallery is housed in a space exactly the size of a Tesco Local should it’s grant fall through.