Friday, January 27, 2012

Day Job at the Freedman Gallery.

Frustration, 2010
Julia Oldham with Maxime Clusel and Eric Corwin

Reading, Pa. – The Freedman Gallery, Albright College, will present Day Job, organized by The Drawing Center, New York, and on view from January 26–March 4, 2012. Events relating to the exhibition include:
Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m., Lecture by Curator Nina Katchadourian, Klein Lecture Hall, Free
Thursday, Jan. 26, 7–8:30 p.m., Opening Reception, Freedman Gallery, Free
Mondays, 4 p.m., Afterschool Art Program, $5 per child
Comprised of work by 21 artists, the exhibition looks at the relationship between an artist’s “day job” and his or her creative practice. Although the term “day job” may be cast as something that steals time and focus from an artist’s practice, a generative relationship can also exist. Rather than subscribing to the idea that having a job is by definition disruptive, Day Job looks at the ways in which the information, skills, ideas, working conditions, or materials encountered on the job can become a source of influence.
This presentation explores the ways in which artists relate to and choose their day jobs, or conversely, how one’s job may serve as an impetus for creating artistic work. Preceded by a long history of artists whose creative practice existed in parallel with other jobs, such as Alan Saret, who worked for New York’s Port Authority engineering division; Rosalyn Drexler, a wrestler; Andy Warhol, who worked in advertising and magazine illustration; and Adrian Piper, a philosophy professor, this presentation also provides a window into the myriad ways in which today’s working artists support themselves in an economic climate that often demands diverse and flexible solutions to staying afloat.
Works in Day Job were selected through an open call to all artists enrolled in The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program. From art handlers, art teachers, and a museum guard, to an attorney, an electrician, a pilot, and the scenic artist for the soap opera “One Life To Live,” the artists in the exhibition demonstrate a striking range of interests and influences. Whether created in resistance to the job, inspired by the job, or even while on the job, all works are a deliberate result or response to the artist’s job circumstance. Part of The Drawing Center’s Selections series, this exhibition is curated by Viewing Program Curator Nina Katchadourian, and organized for Freedman Gallery by David Tanner, director of Albright College’s Center for the Arts.
To accompany the exhibition, The Drawing Center has produced an edition in the Drawing Papers series. The publication features a statement by each artist in the exhibition, accompanied by an image of his or her work, as well as an introduction by Viewing Program Curator Nina Katchadourian.
Artists included in the exhibition are Chris Akin, Pasquale Cortese, Elizabeth Duffy, Caroline Falby, Alex Gingrow, Tom Hooper, Alexa Horochowski, Michael Krueger, Shawn Kuruneru, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Mary Lydecker, Raul J. Mendez, Julia Oldham, Alex O’Neal, Roberto Osti, Zach Rockhill, Luis Romero, Alfred Steiner, Justin Storms, Harvey Tulcensky and Jonathan Wahl.        
To learn more about the exhibit, please visit www.albright.edu/freedman.  For information about programs for children and school groups, please contact Beth Krumholz at 610-921-7776 or bkrumholz@alb.edu.  For additional information on The Drawing Center, contact Emily Gaynor at 212-219-2166 x119 or egaynor@drawingcenter.org.
The Freedman Gallery is located in the Center for the Arts at Albright College on 13th and Bern Streets, Reading.  For more information or disabled assistance, please call 610-921-7715.
Exhibitions and programs in the visual arts at Albright College and in the Freedman Gallery are proudly sponsored by The Silverweed Foundation in honor of Doris C. Freedman, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and its partner, the Berks Arts Council, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
The Drawing Center is the only not-for-profit fine arts institution in the country to focus solely on the exhibition of drawings, both historical and contemporary. It was established in 1977 to provide opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists; to demonstrate the significance and diversity of drawings throughout history; and to stimulate public dialogue on issues of art and culture.
Founded in 1856, Albright College is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. More than half of students have dual/individualized majors in as many as 200 different combinations annually. Albright enrolls about 1,660 undergraduates in traditional programs, another 800 adult students in accelerated degree programs, and 100 students in the master’s program in education. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.

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