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16 June 2017

Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Convenience Store Featured By Artnet, The New York Times & Huffington Post

The Queen of Felt Reigns Stateside with her ‘Felt Bodega’

Lucy Sparrow is currently taking New York by storm and captivating the art world with her long-awaited convenience store '8 Til Late'.

The exhibition features over 9000 felt sculptures of commonly found convenience store items, everything from tinned food to beer, cigarettes and even pizza by the slice.

Since opening its doors last Monday the installation has been a huge hit, garnering rave reviews from the global press; including glowing write-ups in The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Artnet. Lucy has even been forced to close the store for two days in order to restock the shelves after such high demand for pieces!

Artnet

Lucy Sparrow on Why Her Cuddly Felt Bodega Brings Relief From Our ‘Crazy Political Times’

Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Groceries Are Actually Lab Supplies

New York Times

Artist Uses Felt to Recreate New York City Grocery Store

Huffington Post

Lucy Sparrow Opens an All-Felt Bodega In NYC: ‘8 ‘Till Late’



You can read extracts from her interview with Artnet below. Follow this link to read the full story.


How has the response from New Yorkers been?

It’s been absolutely incredible. People have come in and just screamed with excitement, which is the perfect response! We’re going through some dark times at the moment, in England, so it’s nice that this is light relief in contrast to crazy political times. It may appear fluffy and lovely on the surface, but it’s offering an alternative.

You had nine months to make 9,000 objects. Did you ever think it wasn’t going to get done in time?

Yes! I kept having to adjust deadlines. I had this Google calendar and I was literally scheduling by the hour, because I thought I wasn’t going to get it done. It was scary. I was painting beers the morning I got onto the plane!
 

Was it one of those things where the more you worked on it, the more the scope of it grew, where it was kind of never ending?

Yes. Completely. I’d be looking at some more bodega pictures and be like, “Oh God!” Or I’d be asking some advice from a New Yorker and they’d be like, “you’ve gotta have this, you can’t not have this, or it’s not a bodega.” So there was stuff being added to it all the time.


 

Do you feel like you’re the consummate expert on bodegas now? It’s a very New York institution, but even New Yorkers have differing opinions of what exactly constitutes a bodega, other than that you kind of know it when you see it. 

I think I know more than the average Brit, so that’s good! Our UK equivalent obviously is the corner shop, which is kind of like a bodega, but with more newspapers.

I’ve been told by a lot of people that I’ve got it right, so that’s all that I was interested in. There’s nothing worse than going to something and it’s like, “Oh, they couldn’t be assed to do the research,” you know? I really tried, so hopefully I’ve got it.

Someone pointed out that there’s one switch on the meat slicer that’s currently got a European symbol on it, and I was like, “Noooooo…”

How much would it cost if someone bought the entire installation?

It’s $500,000, which for a whole installation is actually not that bad. You could get yourself one hundredth of a Jeff Koons sculpture for the same price, maybe!

'8 Til Late' has received extensive press coverage and has proven to be one of the most Instagrammed art exhibition to hit New York City in recent years. See below for links to recent Lucy Sparrow features.




“Lucy Sparrow: 8 ‘Til Late” is on view at the Standard, 69 Little West 12th Street, June 6–30, 2017. 

If you are interested in adding any work by Lucy Sparrow to your collection follow this link to view pieces currently available. For any enquiries contact us directly on +44 (0) 20 7240 7909 or email info@lawrencealkingallery.com