- exhibited at PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts)
as part of Out of Bounds / Salon Vernissage 2022
giclee prints on etching rag, pegboard steel shelving, LED strip lights, Coles Little Shop collectables, 3D printed models, hand held basket and gloss stock catalogue
photo credit: Miles Noel
print credit: Chinoiserie Fine Art
What’s in store revolves around the ordinary, everyday ritual of grocery shopping. Lewi’s prints capture their observations of misplaced items on supermarket shelves. An avid collector and follower of the phenomenon of Coles Little Shop, Lewi started taking photos of impromptu arrangements they came across while shopping. Lewi is interested in our patterns of navigating shop aisles; in particular, what prompts us to pick up an item and then place it back somewhere else? The fluid, gestural quality of Lewi’s mark-marking transforms these images of banal, inexplicable human decisions into something playful and intrinsically funny.
In recent years supermarkets have become a socially and politically charged site, with empty shelves driven by panic buying, supply chain issues and staff shortages. Against this backdrop, the question of what leads people to make certain choices becomes a wider investigation into the human condition and the sometimes-inexplicable decisions that are made out of panic, necessity or instability.
- curators Miranda Johnson & Sarah Wall