"Taking good care of your things leads to taking good care of yourself"

Adam Milner2019

Mattress Factory

Mattress Factory
Pittsburgh, United States

Milner's installations articulate and confuse spaces of the museum, home, body, archive, and hoarder. Milner, who is suspicious of tidying philosophies and how systems of organization exist in hierarchies, has created a practice which attempts to deal with the things around him through conflicting gestures of collecting, combining, containing, and releasing.

The exhibition gleans its title from an Instagram post by Marie Kondo, whose books and Netflix show about tidying up have made her a household name. The quote, and Kondo's empire in general, is a reminder of our complicated relationships to the things around us, and how we cling to things – but also, how they sometimes cling back. Milner's sprawling and idiosyncratic practice draws upon aesthetics of museum and retail display, domestic interiors, and TV shows like Hoarders and Kondo's Tidying Up. These new sculptures employ various strategies of containment, and point to the paradox that efforts to contain something can embody dueling philosophies of care and control, love and domination.


  • Title: "Taking good care of your things leads to taking good care of yourself"
  • Creator: Adam Milner
  • Date Created: 2019
  • Location Created: Pittsburgh, PA

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