Pertaining to a Profession Proverbially Energetic and Nervous
A German ELLE from 1998 functions as an initial reflection on the self-presentation of ISCP and its then residents and professional visitors. The magazine’s full-page shots of artists in their studios provide the starting point for a three-way examination of disparate clichés about the contemporary artists as workers and the people in their surroundings who legitimize this peculiar “at-work-ness.”
pertaining to a profession proverbially energetic and nervous includes work by Étienne Chambaud, Irene Kopelman, David Levine, David Maroto, Mladen Stilinović, Magnus Thierfelder and Carey Young. It subtly undermines three tropes associated with an artist’s work: the mysterious invisibility of artistic labor as example of post-industrial immateriality; art as resistance to commonplace productivity; and, possibly closer to home, the performative formulas and taboos associated with successful artistic professionalism.
Sarah Vanhee’s “Great Public Sale of Unrealized but Brilliant Ideas,” culling from the works-in-progress at ISCP, will complement this exhibition and is scheduled to take place in September 2011.
As second installment in a year-long thematic exhibition cycle related to work, pertaining to a profession proverbially energetic and nervoustakes at face value the fact that the international roving artist-cum-MacBookPro has taken the place of the blue-collar Brooklyn printmaker and therefore turns the tables highlighting the expectations of those who visit this contemporary workspace.