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Pallet Show 12

Pallet Show 12 is a curatorial project consisting of a grid of wooden pallets, laid out on the floor of the Sculpture Court of The Manchester Contemporary art fair 2023 curated by Daniel Pryde-Jarman

A number of invited artists will exhibit a series of works on a pallet, which functions as a platform or plinth for displaying sculptures or other curated works at TMC.

The pallets are themselves artworks, exploring the line between minimalist sculpture and functional objects. Sculptures that also have the capacity to perform a function, and an experiment in how art objects might be (re)purposed to take on the role of support structures or hosts for other works and ideas within an exhibition context.

Pallet Show is informed by the mass transit of artworks in the art market and global economy, and the logistics of their movement from, to, and between, sites of storage and display. Pallets are signifiers of trade that wear the markings of the workings of these interconnected systems.

Pallet Show blurs the distinction between the movement and storage of works at The Manchester Contemporary and their means of display and aesthetic within the fair. The exhibition appears provisional, in transit, and under construction. The project is inspired by the forms and legacy of minimalist sculpture, including the furniture sculptures of Donald Judd, ‘simulated readymades’ of Fischli and Weiss, and Seth Siegelaub’s curatorial projects.

Artists: William Cobbing, Daisy Collingridge, Jack Brown, Robin Broadley, Nicola Ellis, Liam Fallon, Alex Frost, Mark Houghton, Faisal Hussain, Dean Kenning, Kieran Leach, Rosie McGinn, Modern Clay, Daniel Pryde-Jarman, Stephanie Quale, Luke Routledge, Jonathan Wright