Stuart Whipps: The Kipper and The Corpse
Ikon presents an ‘exposition’ by artist Stuart Whipps, a multifaceted reflection on the closure of the Longbridge motor works in Birmingham.
The Kipper and The Corpse (2004 – ongoing) is a long term art project. A vast body of work, it is a multifaceted reflection on the closure of the Longbridge motor works in Birmingham, the last British owned volume car manufacturer
Whipps admits that he ‘often makes work about things he doesn’t understand and doesn’t know how to do’ .The Kipper and The Corpse, which takes its name from an episode of British sitcom Fawlty Towers, sees Whipps attempting the complete restoration of a 1979 Mini, calling on the assistance and mechanical expertise of former British Leyland workers.
The car, seen for the first time in its fully refurbished state, is the focal point of the exposition alongside photography, texts and archival material from 1979, including political cartoons referencing British Leyland.
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.
Photo – © Jonty Wilde
Date & Time
Wednesday 11 Sept – Sunday 15 Sept 2019 | 11am – 5pm
Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Birmingham B1 2HS
Booking not required
Access via stairs and lifts