Lani Maestro, A Book of Thick Ocean
Here’s my submission to Who Wore It Better.
Oh my god stuff like this is making it hard not to start an obsessive beds in art series.
Within a neoliberal economy that supports the debt-backed-professionalization of artists and activists, I question the relationship between overproduction and underpayment. What are the conditions that make overproduction desirable? When did monetary payment for art and activism become necessary? While artists and activists demand payment for work, we must also articulate our relationship to payment systems: market sales, state-support, philanthropy, and solidarity economies that center on livelihood. Acknowledging the diverse economies that I circulate in, I hope this writing points towards the internal contradictions that make professionalized, debtor artists and activists in the United States (including me) hustle for cash while engaging in projects on scales that cannot possibly compensate all participants equitably.
From Caroline Woolard’s “(Un)doing (Un)compensation” in Art Practical Issue 5.4 —> http://bit.ly/P3ie1T
Image: Caroline Woolard. Barricade to Bed, 2013; barricade, wood, DIY toolkit, open access manual; Courtesy of the Artist.
Ana Teresa Fernández, Borrando la Frontera, performance, 2011.
The surreal act of erasing a border is documented in the short, Borrando la Frontera. A woman in stilettos and a black cocktail dress scales a 30 ft ladder on the sandy beach of Tijuana, bringing the sky back between Mexico and the US, as she paints the dividing fence blue. The film depicts the peace offering of creating the illusion of a “hole in the wall.” The protagonist becomes more visible as the wall starts to disappear into the blue sky. Her attire, the little black dress reflects the notion of prosperity in the US, moreover the funerary symbol of luto, the Mexican tradition of wearing black for a year after a death. Mourning those who have died in attempts of crossing this border to prosper.
—Woodstock Film Festival
I got a job!
I’m going to be in NYC Sunday to Monday!
I’ll get to go to this:
ART/WORK (12:00PM - 2:30PM)
Hong-Kai Wang & Nova Benway
Moderator: Soyoung Yoon (The New School)
I’ll get to see E. Conner and go to the opening for a show she is in at The Smile Face Museum!
I start work next Tuesday!
I get to write sentences with exclamation points!
The Whitney Biennial for Angry Women by Eunsong Kim and Maya Isabella Mackrandilal