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SIMPLE TASKS

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A JOLLY INTRODUCTION
BALLOONS

FIRST AID
TIME AND MOTION (GILBRETH)
HOBBIES AND SPORT

HOUSE AND GARDEN
KNOTS

THE LORE OF A LADDER
MOVEMENT OF A SIMPLE KIND
AT TABLE

FOLDING AN UMBRELLA

 

A CELEBRATION OF LOW AMBITION ACTIVITY MECHANICALLY PERFORMED WITH MONOTONY

 

I am devoted to the exploration of a regime of mindlessly repeating small tasks and then trying to draw or otherwise represent them. There is a grim fascination in making a taxonomy of these events. Working with Clare Strand, we explored the scale of possibilities between repetition to tedium, and the achievement of a sort of a nirvana by ritual. All this was in the pursuit of the question, what is WORK today?

The illustration of the boy with the balloon is key to understanding the concept. How does he do it? Force of personality? Levitation? Is it utterly pointless, or a metaphore for the emergence of his powers ? If he can do that to a balloon, what could he do to his tie, hair, even his Vespa scooter?

There is always the possibility that faced with the repetition of tiny tasks, and not wanting to look foolish,you don't ask certain fundamental questions. The images in the various categories are far from definitive, and I prefer the minum of text to be present to encourage a free-floating narrative in each.

 

 

 

 

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