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"Beverly Hills John", 2012Courtesy of Sprüth Magers Gallery

John Waters has curated his own art exhibition

Home Improvements features baby strollers, discarded carrier bags, and toilet paper

Iconic film director John Waters – the man responsible for queer cinematic landmarks like Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, and Desperate Living – has curated his own art exhibition in San Francisco.

Titled Home Improvements, the multi-media show pays tribute to a selection of overlooked household objects; including bath towels, stereos, and staples – as well as toilet paper, carrier bags and kitchen sponges. 

“(This is) a celebration of the low-tech concept of ‘remodeling’,” explains Waters. “These twelve artists’ humble but surprisingly imperious paintings, sculptures, photographs, and drawings will hopefully make any serious property owner want to throw caution to the wind, pack up their living space, and start over.”

The exhibition – which is at the FraenkelLab gallery until May 28 – features contributions from Martin Creed, Moyra Davey, Vincent Fecteau, Paul Gabrielli, gelitin, Paul Lee, Tony Matelli, Doug Padgett, Karin Sander, Gedi Sibony, Lily van der Stokker, and George Stoll. It also includes a piece by Waters himself, which takes the shape of a discarded baby stroller.

With no directorial outings currently in the pipeline, it’s still unclear whether this marks a new beginning for the icon – who recently revealed that he’d lost interest in making films. “I don’t have any ambitions, all of my dreams came true ten or 20 years ago,” he told Dazed last year. “My ambition is to keep leading a life where I can tell stories every day for my job and have a good personal life with friends who I’ve had forever. I think, in my career, I’ve been understood.”

Read our full interview with Waters here, or hear more about Home Improvements on the FraenkelLab website here.