Cultural Reforesting

Something & Son

Drawing by Andy Merritt
Drawing by Andy Merritt

The supermarket provides us with all our daily needs – where once we wandered the woods for our daily needs we now wander the aisles. This project subverts the idea of a supermarket through sculpture and interactive design. Through prototyping, the project will connect us to our ecosystems through food, where it comes from, and what history, as well as futurology, tells us about how western society comprehends its relationship, or lack of, to food. 

In 2022-23 artist group Something & Son will be completing a residency at Orleans House Gallery ahead of a main gallery exhibition in early 2023.  

Something & Son bio

Andrew Merritt is one half of the artist duo Something & Son, his work explores social and environmental issues via everyday scenarios criss-crossing the boundaries between the visual arts, architecture and activism. Through permanent installations, functional sculptures and public performance that provide a framework or foundation for communities and ecologies to build upon. Works mimic the everyday to act as familiar starting point and then take the subject into new realms.  

Something & Son have exhibited at Tate Britain; Tate Modern;  V&A Museum; Manchester International Festival; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Deon Foundation, Netherlands;  Vienna Biennale/MAK; Artangel; Milan Design Week; FACT, Liverpool; Cultural Olympia; Somerset House; Folkestone Art Triennial; Design Museum; Royal Botanical Gardens Kew; the Wellcome Collection; and Istanbul Design Biennial.  

Talks and workshops include the Serpentine Gallery, Kunst-Werke (Berlin), the Science Museum, SALT (Istanbul), Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (Zurich), CIT (Ireland) Design, Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Riga Technical University (Latvia), Design Indaba (Cape Town), British Council, ICA and the Barbican.  

 Andrew’s current and upcoming projects include our largest sculpture to date Future Fossil which will fossilise a suburban house; Intertidal Allotment on the Isle of Sheppey with Cementfields; a project with Somerset House Studios and Kings College London about Human Wildlife Conflict and situated in India and Kenya; Future Amazonia with Museu Emilio Goeldi in Brazil looking at the 64 types of produce that grow in an intact Amazon; a residency at the Delfina Foundation’s Politics of Food programme and a commission with the South London Gallery.