Some People Are Worth Melting For
21st April - 4th May
Alltwinau Farmhouse, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, LD5 4TL

Francesca Blomfield
Jack Brindley
Jakub Choma
Adrian Fierro Lara
Lucia Leuci
Chloé Elizabeth Maratta
Sean Mullins
Alexandra Metcalf
Lukas Panek
Bryony Rose
Rustan Söderling
Anna Solal
Jessie Stead
Joe W. Speier
Te Akiri Alistar Taniwha
Alex Zuckerman

We have all been awaiting the day when science could repair any damage to his body and bring Uncle Walt back to life. Just inside Britain's Smallest Town, Llanwrtyd Wells, Ginny Projects is pleased to announce that day has come: Some People Are Worth Melting For

with texts by Daniel Merritt, Te Akiri Alistar Taniwha and Andy Zawacki, COO of the Cryonics Institute.

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Maybe it was all part of his plan. The weight gain, the fascination with private jets, the karate lessons. Maybe he always knew that one day he would hightail it out of Graceland, but I don’t think so. Elvis wasn’t one to plot. He loved Ginger and he loved Lisa Marie and maybe he even loved Priscilla but when it came down to it what he loved the most was being alone. It killed him to lie. Lying’s a sin.

But he made good on the promise he made to himself and now he’s here. It wasn’t like Memphis and it wasn’t like Tupelo but he felt at home in this secret solitude. While he rarely left the house, at least for the first few years, most of the neighbors didn’t recognize him, and those who did had the decency to keep quiet— a covenant only tenable in a small village. Eventually he encountered an image of his grave. He read the inscription from his father that adorned the memorial:

God saw that he needed some rest and
Called him home to be with Him.
We miss you, Son and Daddy. I thank god
That He gave us you as our son.

He wept, but the tears weren’t all sad. What made them sweeter was that he knew the soil beneath the plaque enveloped no body.

When he was ten years old, Elvis made his debut at the Mississippi-Alabama State Fair and Dairy Show. Without accompaniment, he sang “Old Shep,” a song about the death of a young boy’s beloved dog. He came in 5th place and won $5. If you can, play it now.

With hands that were trembling
I picked up my gun
And aimed it at Shep's faithful head
I just couldn't do it, I wanted to run
I wish they would shoot me instead

(It’s a song that always makes my dad cry, but I don’t think I’m alone in this.)

Old Shep, he has gone where the good doggies go
And no more with old Shep will I roam
But if dogs have a heaven there's one thing I know
Old Shep has a wonderful home

He often thinks about that October afternoon, singing in the tent, dressed in his little cowboy get-up. He still sings in the house and it makes him smile to know that only he can hear it. His wonderful home. Heaven on Earth. Elvis is now 83.

Ginny Projects is pleased to present Some People are Worth Melting For, a group exhibition about self-preservation and self-effacement. It’s a show tucked away in the Brecon Beacons in a house that is perfect for getting away from it all.

- Daniel Merritt

Interview with Andy Zawacki, COO of the Cryonics Institute

Press: O Fluxo




Installation View
 


Jakub Choma, Smirk and unexpected spasm, 2018, digital print on cardboard, clear gel medium, engraved plastic, cork dirt, rabbit netting, engraved fire match and screws
 


Jakub Choma, Smirk and unexpected spasm, 2018, digital print on cardboard, clear gel medium, engraved plastic, cork dirt, rabbit netting, engraved fire match and screws (detail)
 


Jakub Choma, Smirk and unexpected spasm, 2018, digital print on cardboard, clear gel medium, engraved plastic, cork dirt, rabbit netting, engraved fire match and screws (detail)

 

Jakub Choma, Smirk and unexpected spasm, 2018, digital print on cardboard, clear gel medium, engraved plastic, cork dirt, rabbit netting, engraved fire match and screws (detail)
 


Installation View
 


Anna Solal, Room view, 2016, plastic stool, crate, metal, drawings, mixed media
 


Francesca Blomfield, Sonor Bowls, 2018, oil on canvas
 


Jesse Stead, Stick-On Subtitles, 2008, vinyl stickers
 


Bryony Rose, Small Hammers with Flowers, 2018, glazed stoneware and wood
 


Bryony Rose, Small Hammers with Flowers, 2018, glazed stoneware and wood
 


Installtion View
 


Joe W. Speier, Untitled drawings, 2018, pencil and pen on paper
 


Joe W. Speier, bong study circa 4/20/2007, 2018, plastic, paper, aluminium foil, resin, mixed media
 


Joe W. Speier, bong study circa 4/20/2007, 2018, plastic, paper, aluminium foil, resin, mixed media (detail)
 


Chloé Elizabeth Maratta, Depression Jewelry (Installation View)
 


Chloé Elizabeth Maratta, EXES Rosary, 2018, chain, business card pen (2014), jewelry supply
 


Chloé Elizabeth Maratta, Mama’s Minerals Bangle, 2018, black circle ring and asphalt bead from Mama’s Minerals

 

Chloé Elizabeth Maratta, CHOLE Flower Layering Necklace, 2018, chain, brass and wire
 


Chloé Elizabeth Maratta, Wellbutrin Bangle, 2018, stylists own hand me down Chloé bangle, wire, asphalt bead from Mama’s Minerals and jewelry supply
 


Joe W. Speier, hard and dumb worker, 2018, pencil, paper and aluminium can
 


Installation View
 


Adrian Fierro Lara, Some People Are Worth Melting For, 2018, pencil on paper
 


Installation View
 


Alexandra Metcalf, Children are better seen not heard, 2018, resin, leather and metal
 


Installation View
 


Alexandra Metcalf, Children are better seen not heard, 2018, resin, leather and metal (detail)
 


Francesca Blomfield, Lunar Brotherhood, 2018, oil on canvas
 


Francesca Blomfield, Lunar Brotherhood, 2018, oil on canvas
 


Te Akiri Alistar Taniwha, Struth be told, 2018, lenticular printed mirror

 

Te Akiri Alistar Taniwha, Struth be told, 2018, lenticular printed mirror
 


Jack Brindley, Pairing away distances (meridian continued), 2018, stained glass, plasterboard and flowers.
 


Jack Brindley, Pairing away distances (meridian continued), 2018, stained glass, plasterboard and flowers.
 


Jack Brindley, Pairing away distances (meridian continued), 2018, stained glass, plasterboard and flowers.
 


Installation View
 


Sean Mullins, ode to orientation, 2018, pencil, paper, wood, wax string, ink and perspex
 


Bryony Rose, Small Tower, 2018, glazed stoneware and wood
 


Lukas Panek, figure, 2018, inkjet print on canvas
 


Lukas Panek, why does the sun shine?, 2018, inkjet print on canvas
 


Installation View
 


 Jakub Choma, Blurred vision, cold vein's, dirty palm's. 2018, acrylic and laser engraving on cork, clear gel medium, engraved plastic, cork dirt, wood, screws

 


Installation View
 


Te Akiri Alistar Taniwha, Struth be told (2), 2018, lenticular printed mirror
 


Rustan Söderling, Sandymouth (Crabs in a Bucket), 2018, video, 4min 39sec
 


Lucia Leuci, Anachronistic woman and Creole child, 2018, silk, acrylic paint, 53x38 cm
 


Lucia Leuci, Anachronistic woman and Creole child, 2018, silk, acrylic paint, 53x38 cm (detail)
 


Installation View
 


Lucia Leuci, Newborn, 2018, resin, fabric, synthetic hair, paper, plastic, green clay, 22x15x14 cm
 


Lucia Leuci, Newborn, 2018, resin, fabric, synthetic hair, paper, plastic, green clay, 22x15x14 cm
 


Alex Zuckerman, Sushibox, 2015, acrylic on canvas
 


Alex Zuckerman, Sushibox, 2015, acrylic on canvas