Erratum by
Jeremy Hutchison


British artist Jeremy Hutchison will open a pop-up shop selling useless objects at a London gallery this December.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

The exhibition, called Erratum, will see Paradise Row transformed into a boutique selling objects produced by manufacturers around the world, under instruction from Jeremy Hutchison to insert errors into the designs.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

"True luxury has no function," says the artist. "It is not something to be used or understood. It is a feeling: beyond sense, beyond logic, beyond utility."

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

Among the items for sale is a pair of aviator sunglasses that wouldn't fit over a nose and a wooden comb with no teeth, as well as a cheese grater with no holes and a stiletto shoe with two heels.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

The artist worked with factories in China, India, Turkey and Pakistan, and asked workers to insert an error into the items they produced.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

Also for sale at the gallery will be a pipe that can't be filled, a bent golf club and a skateboard with its wheels attached the wrong way.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

Each product will be numbered and authenticated with a stamp of its provenance, detailing the names of the factory and workers who made it and its year of production.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

This is the first solo show by Hutchison, who graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art last year.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

Erratum will be open from 5–22 December at Paradise Row, 74a Newman Street London, W1T 3DB.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

We previously featured a collection of useless objects that explored the boundary between art and design by removing their functionality.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

Other art shows we've reported on recently include a gallery where it's always raining but visitors never get wet and an exhibition of paintings and furniture by architect Zaha Hadid in Madrid.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

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Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

Photographs are by Jonathan Minster.

Here's some information from Paradise Row:

E R R A T U M® is a new collection of dysfunctional luxuries conceived by London-based artist Jeremy Hutchison. Each object has been made with an error that removes its original function.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

“True luxury has no function. It is not something to be used or understood. It is a feeling: beyond sense, beyond logic, beyond utility. It is an ethic of perfect dysfunctionality .” says Hutchison.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

Selecting factories across China, India, Turkey and Pakistan, Hutchison invited workers to insert an error in the items they typically produced. Each object is therefore the product of an individual worker’s design.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

E R R A T U M® will launch on December 5th 2012 at a pop-up boutique at Paradise Row, on 74a Newman Street, London, W1.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

Each limited edition product will be numbered, sealed and authenticated with the provenance (factory name, worker, year of production).

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

The collection will also be available to purchase via the E R R A T U M® e-commerce store at
E R R A T U M® is co-produced by Paradise Row.

Erratum by Jeremy Hutchison

  • JJJ

    This pointless excess is another symptom of our society having lost its way. These objects exist for the sole purpose of making a name for this ‘artist’, whose post-rationalisation of their work is as devoid of artistic comment as any I’ve ever read.

    This is not even interesting to look at. And no, that I have invested time in criticising its existence is not because this work is challenging preconceptions of art or understanding. The devaluing of meaningful art and design by banal and formulaic visual gimmicks deeply saddens me.

    • olol

      To be fair, I lolled.

    • Sam

      You strike me as a rather uninteresting person.

      • JJJ

        If you think critical comment on articles about art and design is uninteresting, you are probably on the wrong website.

        You strike me as a rather immature person with nothing to contribute here beyond playground put-downs.

    • Hmm, it’s funny, that’s exactly what people said whenever a new artistic vanguard was emerging.

  • Simon

    I think it’s funny. I’m laughing.

  • Brudjo

    Agree with JJJ. Not being bitter or boring. This is just crap. Not even smart.

  • Beautiful! Love it!

  • chunkbutler

    Perhaps he could package himself in a box a la ‘Action Man’ or ‘Ken’ labelled ‘Artist/Designer’ and add himself into the exhibit?

  • ysl

    This is pretty… useless.

  • marcelle

    This is what would happen if Marcel Duchamp was more of a merchant and he lived in later times.

  • blah

    Go into your average “design shop” and you’ll find plenty of useless objects. This is pretty redundant.

  • George

    Hah. Beautiful objects. I think it’s quite intriguing and you can’t take it at face-value. I guess that’s what’s interesting: that it was “designed” by the workers and not by the artist himself. The process here is fascinating. Wonder what the workers thought of it all!

  • Hipsters are gonna <3 these ;)

  • Xwing

    It’s a fail quite simply because no object is “useless”.

  • Vinay

    I disagree with the artist. They are definitely not useless. They provide me with my dose of amusement.

  • dick lawless

    Marcel Duchamp did this better in 1917

  • James

    I like how they are made by the workers.

  • This statement about disfunction is powerful enough in a verbal manner and a waste of energy being said and done before. It is self-reflexive and cynical, but not effective or emotion evoking.

  • robin wood

    I disagree with the artist’s assertion that “True luxury has no function”. There are various definitions of luxury but I like this one: “something enjoyable or comfortable beyond life’s necessities”. Art maybe has no function but most true luxury is excellence and functionality combined. A Saville Row suit, a Purdy shotgun, Lobbs shoes. Lunch at Fortnum’s, tea at the Ritz. True luxury has no function? I would argue true luxury is about timeless quality and exquisite functionality. What are these pieces saying that was not said by Duchamp 100 years ago?

  • Fizz

    I saw Hutchison’s original project in a group exhibition that was very amusing and also was genuinely novel. Its brief was to have a mass-produced object rendered useless by an error in production: one could say it was a comment of the fragility between success and failure manifested by one small flaw. Small flaws in design or strategies usually are the undoing of great ideas viz. The ill-fated Challenger shuttle.

    So far so good. But I have a sneaking suspicion that Hutchison has tried to expand on (and profit from?) his original idea by “forcing” it to banal extremes, for some of the latest objects in his new collection do not carry the more subtle visual nuances and thought-provoking challenges that the earlier objects demonstrated. With those, manufacturers were invited to invent the mistakes. I wonder with some of the new stuff if the artist had actually suggested them to be produced. If so, this of course goes against the whole uniqueness of his first idea.

    Anyway, if one wanted to be dismissive of the whole shebang, you could say that rendering an object useless as an artistic statement is something that’s been done before, and many decades ago: