EAT SLEEP WORK REPEAT
14th February - June 2017
Amongst the beat of EAT SLEEP WORK REPEAT, Travelling Gallery's spring 2017 exhibition asks how we can abstract ourselves from the commonplace workplace and what humour, joy and subtleties can be found in our routine, commute, labour, administration and leisure.
Image above: Tessa Lynch, Hand Held (detail), 2016. Aluminium, series of 5, courtesy of the artist. Photo Ruth Clark.
The themes explored in EAT SLEEP WORK REPEAT all departed from Brehmer's influential series Soul and Feelings of a Worker (1978 - 1980). The work charts an employee's feelings during their five day week, using a sympathetic scale of emotions from uneasy to happy. Travelling Gallery is delighted to exhibit a work from this series which also showcases Brehmer's typical diagrammatic style that can look far removed from conventional art.
Tessa Lynch reviews the repetitive commute everyone does to and from their place of work, whether that's your school, college, office or free wifi cafe. Based in Glasgow, Lynch's commute observes examples of urban estrangement amongst the street furniture and architecture of the city, taking in the new industries with 'flexible, outsourced workers'. Lynch has turned these observations into architectural sculptures Hand Held and Perch 2.
Jamie Green's work takes a humourous look at consumerism and our interaction with the retail and leisure industry. In his work At first you break windows, then you become a window yourself, Green has made three sculptures from expandable foam, creating well formed, voluptuous figures. The naked figures were then taken to Debenhams department store for a free personal makeover. Over a period of five days the sculptures were given a consultation room while members of the personal shopping team dressed the sculptures within a set budget.
Amalis Pica's series Joy in Paperwork is an example of how too much administration can result in loss of meaning. Pica has used standard, bulk bought, A4 office paper and produced beautiful dawings using bureaucratic stamps collected from organisations across the world.
Pica's practice frequently confronts the failures, gaps and slippages in our communicatino. There is often a distance between sender and receiver, whether that is the artist and viewer or the worker and management, Pica is interested in how things are miscommunicated in that distance.
Travelling Gallery will be touring throughout Scotland with the exhibition until June 2017. Check the Current Tour Dates and Locations page for details of venues.