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If I Can’t Have You, No One Can

IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU, NO ONE CAN  –  A joint exhibition by Frere & Pickett in 2008.

In this show, the artists offered gallery visitors the opportunity to purchase art works, loosely based around the theme of cultural hacking, or should they so desire, to purchase the destruction of the object of their coveting (if the purchase cost was beyond the individual’s budget but they did not want anyone else to have the object, they could pay to have it destroyed for a fraction of the price). Should  one choose the destruction of the art(efact) they would consult the Wheel of Death interactive computer sculpture in the gallery, the outcome would then be broadcast in form of a short video outlining the method of destruction for their selected art(efact). The destroyed artworks would be presented in beautifully packaged remains and come complete with an authenticated DVD of the art(efact’s) destruction.

The exhibition aimed to create a link in the mind of the audience between the sexuality of consumerism and desiring the unobtainable. It also challenged the defined set of unspoken rules in which a typical commercial gallery normally operates in.  


Exhibition Press Release

if i can’t have you, no one can.

S U N S H I N E F R E R E & J E N N Y P I CK E T T

Tenderpixel is pleased to present the most recent works of Sunshine Frère and Jenny Pickett. Frère and Pickett met at Goldsmiths in 2006 where a small project mushroomed into a collaborative partnership, several successful interventions and exhibitions as well as an interactive narrative project in France and Norway (2007).

In a vacuum of twisted cultural consumerism IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU, NO ONE CAN will dabble with the decaying nature of desire that compels us to throw our cash into the degenerative black holes of our capitalist machinery. As desiring machines you are invited to participate as either the savior or destroyer of artifacts in this bazaar of cultural cut-ups. IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU, NO ONE CAN offers you the opportunity to keep or remove from existence altogether that which you desire most in this exhibition*♥.   Frère and Pickett tender a series of desirable objects of a peculiar nature. Each object has been culturally, physically and virtually hacked. Created with intentions of either prolonging its existence or catalyzing its expiration; these objects are strategically located within a system of desire, which is played out within the confines of the gallery.

Those visiting the exhibition are invited, should their desire compel them, to participate in a re-valuation of their particular desired object; the parameters of the game are at hand. Price points have been allocated based on where the ‘buyer’s’ interests lie:

Whether you’re seeking a fetishistic object, an ephemeral idea, an immortalized event or ultimate control over the fate of a pop entity such as Stephen Hawkins or Michael Jackson. Or indeed, whether you just want a pretty thing to hang on your wall, IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU, NO ONE CAN will deliver the unique opportunity of seeing either your dreams obliterated or your desires become reality.


*The opportunity to save or destroy an object exhibited in If I can’t have you, no one can is subject to a fee from the participant. Fees are variable and Frère-Pickett accept no responsibility for the sale of damaged goods!

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