Can you tell us a bit about the Museum of Van Art and the idea behind it?
What happened was I decided to turn my van into a museum, and Outrageous Algorithms is the latest show at the museum. It started when I wrote “keep clear, eye test in progress” on the back of the van around the time of the Dominic Cummings situation, and it went viral online. Then I thought, that’s quite a good way of getting my work seen, getting public attention outside of the gallery space. It’s a bit of an adaptation of MoMA in New York, as I call it MoVA.
With it being an entirely mobile concept, are there plans to bring it to different communities? I can imagine it would be great parked up not only outside arts and cultural districts but also in locations where local people might not have the same access to art.
I’m putting a funding application in with the Arts Council for a Luton van, which would be much bigger and accommodate more inside, as well as on the outside. It would be great to show work, my own as well as curated exhibitions, to people outside of the traditional art world. I could literally drive it to wherever would suit the work. It’s about allowing people to engage, and have a bit of fun with it. Every day I’m driving the van from my flat to my studio and always getting feedback on it, it’s about new people seeing the work and getting those responses.
The van says a lot about your relationship with the art world. Can you talk a bit more about that?
I always say the best artists are working in call centres; there are people I know who could potentially be very good but they don’t have the time or resources to practice – it’s a luxury. I generally find inspiration outside of the art world, so I make the artwork that I want to see. My mum’s a huge role model for me; she’s nearly 80 and is an artist and a small-time collector. She has this freedom where she just buys anything she likes the look of. It’s something that doesn’t really happen in art collecting; if she likes it she likes it. It’s a freedom and a confidence that most people are afraid of.