GOODS is Jenny Murphy’s current exploration in consumption, or more aptly, anti-consumption.
Under the umbrella of GOODS, Murphy perpetually investigates the idea of creating an ethical big-box store where shoppers would be the designers, manufacturers, and consumers of common household necessities. Through an artistic study of alternative economics, Murphy searches for ways our communities can meet their basic needs with materials recovered from our waste stream and without corporations.
EXHIBIT: '"Paper" Goods Company'
Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, St. Louis, MO, May 21 - June 25, 2016
This was a functional workshop and general store, where visitors were invited to become temporary employees in the production of reusable "paper" towels created from salvaged fabrics. Viewers were ask to participate in an aspect of the physical history of the gallery space and reflect on the fundamental natural of manufacture and exchange.
EXHIBIT: 'Jenny Murphy: GOODS'
COCA's Millstone Gallery, St. Louis, MO, June 15 - August 28, 2015
This was a site-specific installation that encouraged viewers to to step into GOODS to rethink, reuse, and go shopping. At GOODS, nothing was for sale and ideas were free. Murphy built a simulation of a store out of salvaged cardboard and presented ideas for making simple notebooks, sponges, coffee filters, underwear, and more out of reclaimed materials.
Check out books that Jenny has been reading to help her understand how our economy works, why and how we buy things, and what else is possible.