labour--wait

Labour & Wait

Authors: Glenn Adamson, William Gibson, Julie Joyce, Britt Salvesen

Publisher: Santa Barbara Museum of Art (July 2013)

Hardcover: 160 pages

List Price: $45.00

 

This catalogue and the exhibition it documents take their title from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1838 poem “A Psalm of Life.”  Stressing the social, cultural, and aesthetic value of labor-intensive handicraft as a restorative antidote to digital immateriality and hyperspeed web information overload, Labour & Wait examines the penchant for intricate detailing and craft-intensive construction in the work of 16 artists. The tapestries, tableaux, installations, and sculptural objects created by Grayson Perry, Tim Hawkinson, David Thorpe, Wim Delvoye, Theaster Gates, Josiah McElheny, Tonico Lemos Auad, Andrea Bowers, Colin Darke, Allison Smith, Ricky Swallow, and Jane Wilbraham emphasize handmade tactility as a primary means of expressing social critique or aesthetic commentary, while the collaborative duos Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel, Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler, and Peter Fischli and David Weiss aggressively push the boundaries of established visual art forms.

This richly illustrated catalogue includes essays by Glenn Adamson, author of The Craft Reader and Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies, Victoria Albert Museum; Britt Salvesen, Department Head and Curator, Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; science fiction author William Gibson; and Julie Joyce, AICA-USA member and Santa Barbara Museum of Art Curator of Contemporary Art.

  

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