Working Conditions: Opening Reception
Join Southern Exposure and the artists in Working Conditions in celebrating the opening of this process-oriented project.
Each of the nine artists invited to participate in Working Conditions wil be given an area in the gallery where they will create a work environment as installation. Once each artist has established their space, they will keep regular work hours at SoEx and engage with the public, while developing a project rooted in notions of production, labor and process.
Working Conditions addresses the value of work, seeking to determine the role of art making in the broad context of labor. The project considers the many ways in which visual artists across multiple disciplines approach their work from inception to execution, revealing the process to the public in real time.
Rather than working alone in their studio, the artists in this exhibition are obliged to interact with their environment as they operate in full view of the public in an open space they share with one another. Each artist will work at Southern Exposure for fifteen hours per week or more. At any given time, between one and nine artists might share the space—simultaneously building a sculpture, playing a video game, painting with assistance from visitors, and performing a political piece. Blurring the line between private and public, community and solitude, performance and process, Working Conditions presents both the opportunity to share skills and ideas and, conversely, the possibility of chaos and frustration.
This project is curated by the nine members of Southern Exposure’s artist-run curatorial committee, each of whom selected one of the artists in the show. The curators for Working Conditions are Amanda Eicher, Courtney Fink, Michael Hall, Tareneh Hemami, Jonn Herschend, Nathan Lynch, Daniel Nevers, Weston Teruya, and Nate Watson.
Project Dates: November 11, 2011 – January 7, 2012
Closing Reception: Friday, January 6, 2012, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm