Penitentiary Tattoo Gun #2
Sorry I haven’t written in so long,
project, 2011 toothbrush, ball point ink pen, hand-held cassette player parts, AA batteries and tape, approximately 10x5x2 inches
Holly Pitre (‘13) and others
At the back of 543 Union Street, down the alley off Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY
December 6, 2014 – February 22, 2015
In the second exhibition of the COMMERCE year, we explore Labor, its structures, sounds and relationships, particularly as they exist within our current economy. Once we worked simply to feed and house ourselves and our kin. Now many of us feel that our labor is not our own, that we work for the survival of systems we do not want or understand. Many struggle for independence, seeking work with meaning and striving to retain the fruits (however meager) of our labor.
Labor explores these conundrums in an exhibition of art, sound installations, artifacts and books considering questions of debt, invisible labor, minimum wage, manufacturing and the decline of industry. These investigations will be augmented with conversations and workshops on topics ranging from student debt to slavery to labors of love. A three-month Project In Residence by Meredith Degyansky entitled TimeDebt will be a part of the exhibition and include regular workshops.
Participants include Phillip Chen, Meredith Degyansky, Blake Fall-Conroy, Alison Owen, Holly Pitre, William Tucci and Audra Wolowiec as well as framed prints from the embattled Detroit Institute of Art.