Friday, April 6, 2012

Day Job at the Pacific Northwest College of Art

Frustration, the story of a failed collaborative effort among artist Julia Oldham and physicists Eric Corwin and Maxime Clusel, is included in the group show Day Job, which is on display at the Feldman Gallery at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. Day Job was originally presented at The Drawing Center in New York, NY, and was curated by Nina Katchadourian. Please swing by to see the show!

April 5-May 15, 2012
Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, OR, 97209
Free and Open to the Public

The Drawing Center, New York presents Day Job, on view at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space, from April 5-May 15, 2012. 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 exhibition 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, Day Job 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 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 Feldman Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art by Mack McFarland, Curator. This exhibition at the Feldman Gallery is supported in part by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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 (PNCA ’97), Julia Oldham, Alex O’Neal, Roberto Osti, Zach Rockhill, Luis Romero, Alfred Steiner, Justin Storms, Harvey Tulcensky, and Jonathan Wahl.

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. You can buy it here!

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