John Price, the owner of El Cheap ’Ou – ’Love you can afford’, has seen Deptford change immensely over the years and so has the shop, flooding you with an eclectic mix of both local and imported items. Although a sense of a preserved time capsule is maintained by the long-durational products, a bunker of survival with a resilience to forgetting, the shop remains one of the most humane on the street. Everyone knows John and Raj the assistant; people come in, converse, enquire, acquire and leave with inevitably much more than they came in with.
A group of artists were invited to visit the shop and respond to the immersive and dense environment. Either through research of its history or involvement in the store’s daily life, each artist unwraps further thoughts and narratives in this stable yet ever-changing place.
‘Canning Time’ is the fourth exhibition of The LivingRoom, dedicated to the curation and exhibition of art in found spaces.?
Himali Singh Soin, Diego Delas, John Henry Newton, Aya Fukami, Pietro Librizzi, Lucy Evetts, Rodrigo B. Camacho, Lewis Hammond, Alex Nikiporenko
The LivingRoom - Cristina Ramos, Sara Rodrigues