Architectures of Aspiration (r.i.p.), Liliana Bloch Gallery, 2017

A show about workers and working, about aspirational endeavors and the structures that support or impede their fulfillment.

Suspended work shirts, reduced to seams reveal impotent architectures of once robust labor. The bones of each garment reveal particular patinas accrued over time; their once dynamic gestures now in a state of symmetrical repose. These soft reliefs are signs of stilled labor.

Tags from work shirts, stripped, flipped and taken out of context become miniature paintings with formal references to monumental modernist works: post war heroism and transcendent fields of color are dwarfed by these incidental readymades—hidden paintings popularized in shirt collars and pressed discretely against the sweaty necks of workers in action.

Untitled (it’s extra large), work shirt tag, lucite, cotton, hardware, 3.25”H x 2.75”W x 1.5”D, 2017 install tiny tags web.jpg

installation view

Untitled (black boxed), work shirt tag, lucite, cotton, hardware, 4”H x2.75”W x1.5”D, 2017 (it

Untitled (the great fray), work shirt tag, cotton, lucite, hardware, 2.25”H x 2.25”W x 1.5”D,-black,-white)-web-copy.jpg

Untitled (appendages in red, black, white), work shirt tag, cotton, lucite, hardware, 2.75”H x 2.75”W x 1.5”D, 2017,-black,-white)_side-web-copy.jpg (Six Flags sunset) web.jpg

Untitled (Six Flags sunset), work shirt tag, cotton, lucite, hardware, 2.75”H x 2.75”W x 1.5”D, 2017 (Six Flags sunset)_side web.jpg

Untitled (this body glitch), shirt tag, cotton, plywood, lucite, hardware, 2.75H” x 2.25” x1.5”D, 2017

installation view: only seams (left), invisible labor (right) (only seams)-1.jpg

Untitled (only seams), deconstructed work shirt, 36”H x 19”W x 3”D, 2017 (invisible labor - Jose with snaps) web copy.jpg

Untitled (invisible labor- Jose with snaps), deconstructed mechanic's shirt, 23”H x25”W x4”D, 2017 (an armature for Wilfred) web.jpg

Untitled (an armature for Wilfred), deconstructed mechanic's shirt, 21”H x19”W x 5.5”D, 2017 (in the slightest - Jackson) web copy.jpg

Untitled (in the slightest for Jackson), Jackson's shirt, hardware, 36”H x 19”W x 3”D, 2017 (gray collar ghost) web copy.jpg

Untitled (gray collar ghost), John's biz shirt, 24”H x 24”W x4”D, 2017 tag and clouds install web.jpg

installation view: Untitled (black boxed) left, Untitled (to the clouds) right

Untitled (to the clouds), detail, deconstructed work shirt, bleach, hardware, 68”H x24”W x3”D, 2017 (red cuff highrise) web.jpg

Untitled (red cuff highrise), deconstructed denim work shirt, bleach, thread, hardware, 49”H x 34”W x3.5”D