In his own words, Birmingham based artist Stuart Whipps (b.1979) ‘often makes work about things he doesn’t understand and doesn’t know how to do’ – previously working with the University of Birmingham to create geological thin sections or working with a seventeenth century sign language devised by Sir Christopher Wren. His latest work is the restoration of a 1979 Mini with the assistance of former British Leyland workers – part of Whipps’ long term art project The Kipper and The Corpse – which examines the closure of the Longbridge motor works in Birmingham. The factory was the last British owned volume car manufacturer and through making the work Whipps seeks to understand its inevitable closure.
“I like the idea that it (the Mini) would sit in an art gallery, in a traditional setting…it’s not trying to make it sculptural in an artful way through the subversion of materials, it’s through this straight presentation of ‘here’s this object, here are these narratives that relate to it’.” Stuart Whipps
The Kipper and The Corpse was commissioned by WERK as part of the Longbridge Public Art Project. This Ikon presentation is dedicated to the memory of Keith Woodfield who worked at the Longbridge motor works for over 30 years and was a guiding light for the artist.