kennardphillipps brings ‘Everything Must Go’ to Bristol
Everything Must Go (2021) is an ambitious outdoor installation by the art/activist duo Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps known collectively as kennardphillipps. The work comprises three billboards plus a 3D element.
Two boards are standard 48 sheets. The first has the word ‘EVERYTHING’ together with an image of our extraordinary planet seen from space shadowed by an earth that appears spectral and burnt out. The second billboard carries the word ‘MUST’ above a scrambled melee of brand logos. The third appears to have been disturbingly upended such that one corner rests on the ground. This tilted board is all black with only the word ‘GO’ lopsidedly veering across it. Beneath it, as if having fallen off the advertising surface and trailing across land adjacent to the display site, is an assortment of consumer goods and domestic waste.
Asked what their aim was kennardphillipps said, “We wanted to take a swipe at the relentless calls to gorge on consumer products that bombard us every waking minute. And to do it on actual billboards that envelope our social space with their invocations to Buy! Buy! Buy!”
Everything Must Go is presented in association with Vanguard Street Art – a collective of artists and specialists involved in the global street art movement – who are staging a hugely impressive exhibition together with Bristol Museums at the M Shed exploring the instrumental role of local creatives in the development of British street art from the 1980s to the present day.