Labour & Wait

11 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
Original Language


The catalogue for the exhibition Labor & Wait featuring the work of artists who bring 21st-century urgency to 19th-century principles of virtue through work and craftsmanship. Inspired in part by developments that stem back as far as the Industrial Revolution, the presentation examines contemporary culture’s obsession with authenticity, the hand-crafted, and the politics of manufacturing and labor. Works in the exhibition date from the late 1980s to the present, a period in which artists turned from industrial fabrication and a seamless aesthetic to hand-made or "do-it-yourself" sensibilities.

Drawing its title from an 1838 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow extolling the life enhancing virtues of labor and slow patient productivity, Labour and Wait showcases the works of gifted artist/craftsmen of the new millennium. it explores how crafts such as weaving, ceramics or woodwork are appearing more frequently in contemporary works.

The compelling exhibition catalog features fifteen international artists who bring 21st-century urgency to 19th-century principles of virtue through work and craftsmanship: Tonico Lemos Auad, Andrea Bowers,
Colin Darke, Wim Delvoye, Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel, Fischli and Weiss, Tim Hawkinson, Josiah McElheny, Grayson Perry, Mika Rottenberg, Allison Smith, Ricky Swallow, David Thorpe and Jane Wilbraham. Texts explore the contradictions and connections between the handmade and recent explosion of technological advancements. Excellent essays by Glenn Adamson, V&A Museum; Britt Salvesen, LACMA; fiction writer William Gibson and exhibition curator Julie Joyce.