Art of Work
This exhibition curated by Anni Holm, Waubonsee Art Coordinator, brings together a group of artists who have drawn inspiration from their own work, or the work of others. Each artist has spent hours observing and absorbing, processing and producing either a one of a kind project or a series of pieces revolving around the theme of labor.
Garland Martin Taylor (Chicago) collects discarded manufacturing steel pieces to create his sculptures.
Gitte Bog (Mexico City) became a shoeshine apprentice in order to find out how to decorate an assigned shoeshine box for an exhibition in Mexico.
Antonio Martinez (Chicago) ended up in the plumbing industry after art school, and his tools and plumbing industry symbols made their way into his paintings.
The ink drawings by Amy Babinec (Chicago) were inspired by the collapse of a coalmine.
Mixed media works by Dustan Creech (Chicago) and paintings by Bob Brankowski (DeKalb) both honor their roots growing up in the working class.
Timothy Campos (Chicago), who before becoming a photographer worked in the automotive industry for tens years, points his lens towards the unions while
Elizabeth McCarthy (Chicago) works more conceptually by pointing her lens onto the hands that are an essential tools in any job.
Irene Pérez (Barcelona) dots the "i" in artist by working hours embroidering the words that express what most artists consider their careers – a labor of love.
Image: "Fighting to Save American Jobs," a photograph by artist Timothy Campos.