I’ve got you pegged. Ha ha ha.

A few weeks ago, I was passing Camberwell Green on the bus when I saw a man being covered in pegs. I completely forgot about it until I searched for Camberwell on Flickr.com and found these photos from someone called Elba, documenting the event.

I’m still none the wiser as to the motivation, but I’m glad I wasn’t hallucinating.

Author: Peter

Long-time resident of Camberwell, author of this blog since July 2004.

4 thoughts on “I’ve got you pegged. Ha ha ha.”

  1. i could be wrong, but i think it’s mark mcgowan, the camberwell artist who has previously pushed a peanut to downing street with his nose, and also sat in a bath full of baked beans in home gallery on church st — for a week.

  2. No, Ben, as usual you’re dead right. I received this message from Elba (hope she won’t mind me posting it here):

    What you saw out of the bus window was a bit of mild public performance art by a man called Mark Mcgowan, who is local to Peckham and operates mostly out of the House Gallery on Camberwell Church Street. His recent work has started to involve local people with drink and drug problems as he knows quite a few of them. The ‘pegging’ work was initially going to be a project to adorn an alcoholic man called Dave with several thousand brightly coloured clothes pegs, but on the day he got shy and so instead he and his companions and quite a few passers‐by pegged Mark. It lasted about two hours and as it was a sunny bank holiday, there was quite a lot of passing interest. Mark’s work in general is about the mediation of performance, among many other things. You’ll see him in local newspapers quite a lot. People either like or hate him and his stunts, on a ratio of about 20:80 respectively.

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