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Old Rope curated by Polly Morgan

August 7, 2014 by Kay

11 July 2014 – 30 August 2014

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery presents Old Rope, a group show curated by artist Polly Morgan, from 11 July to 30 August 2014. Bringing together new work by Susan Collis, Martin Creed, Tracey EminBoo Saville, Amba Sayal-Bennett and Sue Webster, Morgan wishes to explore how each of these artists engages with the term ‘Money for Old Rope'. The expression is said to come from a time when old ropes were picked apart for their frayed fibres and reused for caulking or stuffing mattresses. Another reading of this expression dates back to public executions when souvenir hunters would pay for pieces of a used noose transformed by its association with an infamous criminal. 

Martin Creed
Work No. 1826, 2014
toilet paper, unique
dimensions variable

Tracey Emin 
When your head is on my lap, 1998
14.7 x 10.5 cm, 5.8 x 4.1 in 

Sue Webster
fuckingbeautiful in pieces, 2014
five neon sections and transformer
55 x 80 x 25 cm, 21.7 x 31.5 x 9.8 in 

Boo Saville
Indigo (blue pink), Pink (orange), Green (blue yellow orange), 2014
biro on paper, framed
50 x 40 cm, 19.7 x 15.7 in


Martin Creed
Work No. 1826, 2014
toilet paper, unique
dimensions variable

Essentially, the expression means to make money or an easy profit by selling something which is perceived as seemingly worthless. Discussing the premise of the show, Morgan explains ‘I am interested in alchemical artists who see value where others see waste, who re-purpose the disposed-of or the disposable, or construct something new out of something old. As a whole, I think it could raise interesting questions about how we assign value to things, be it through function, age or simply proximity to fame.’

For more information, visit Pippy Houldsworth Gallery's website.