30/03/2023 - 04/06/2023
Contemporary - Film
Felix Melia - Money for Nothing
London-based artist Felix Melia’s solo exhibition features the artist’s ambitious 35-minute film Money for Nothing (2021).
A portrait of Melia's friend Tim Akister, Money for Nothing follows Akister as he looks and finds, trawling scrap metal and salvaging bric-a-brac. Stitching Akister's tall tales and their material traces, Melia excavates and reassembles a story that moves rhythmically from the 1970s to the present. Recovered treasures and the City of London’s steel and glass skyline, a looming presence in the East London horizon of Akister’s life, shimmer, refracting shifting conceptions of work and value.
Accompanying the film, a new series of cyanotype patchworks connect murky images; a boulder surrounded by railings, undeveloped plots gone to seed. Exposed using daylight and sensitive to further transformation, they attend materially to cycles of destruction and renewal. A snake motif interrupts these urban scenes, appearing to jump between the frames–crossing a boundary, marking a threshold.
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