Pick Me Up Review: IMHO

Although the world is a better place for PMU I didn't feel there was any more to it than last years show. There's certainly a feel of Why Don't You/Tony Hart art room going on that makes it unique in a way that doesn't add a huge amount of creative value. I'm certainly open to introducing interactive ideas to these events but what I experienced was pop up shop owners interacting with their friends. The videos at Jaguar Shoes Collective were great and lifted that whole area. An interesting medium to explore for next years exhibition folks? That said the exhibition area included some tremendous work that I found very impactful (Revenge Is Sweet and Eda Akaltun especially). The increase in ticket price from 2010 and heavy sales promotions sits awkwardly in a cuts hit economy especially when compared to the fabulous Multiplied Contemporary Editions Art Fair at Christies in October which was free to attend and included Print Club London and Nobrow who were exhibiting within the same four walls as Grayson Perry and Damien Hirst.
I'd like to see more established and non-established designers giving talks of their processes (including students) and better ways to interact.
Looking forward to next years show with new ideas and formats...

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