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.