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San Francisco

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

Exhibition Detail
The Office
560 South First St.
San Jose, CA 95113

March 10th, 2012 - June 2nd, 2012
March 9th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Business Reply Pamphlet, (detail) , Packard JenningsPackard Jennings,
Business Reply Pamphlet, (detail) ,
2006, Pigment print, ed. 25
© Courtesy of the Artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco
Peninsula/South Bay
Tue-Fri 10-5; Sat 12-5; Closed Sun-Mon
print, installation, sculpture

Contemporary office culture examined, deconstructed, rearranged, and critiqued.

Like its television series namesake, The Office explores the absurdity and artistry of objects, ecosystems, culture and characters familiar to office works everywhere. Jill Sylvia’s meticulously cut ledger paper structures transform a nearly extinct material into elegant sculptures. Penny Young turns her obsession with organizational systems - library card catalogs, rolodexes, office files- into works that are liberated from structure and express chaos and absurdity. Kirk Crippens creates photo portraits of the ubiquitous office plant. Mitra Fabian and Allison Foshee explore the artistic potential of staples and binder clips. Packard Jennings appropriates the standard business reply envelope with his unique interventionist approach, and Jonn Herschend responds with an installation that threatens (or promises) to disrupt the ICA’s own office practices.

Members Reception 
5pm - 6pm
Complimentary wine and cocktail fare

Public Reception
6pm - 8pm
No host bar

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