Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Untitled (Portraits)

Artist: Joe Schneider
Back staircase between the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Oil on Board
This is a series of paintings of Front of House staff made a couple of years ago. These paintings serve as a prelude to the main part of my project for the exhibition. Playing on the opportunities offered by Private: Staff Only I will assume the position of an "unofficial" artist-in-residence. This residency brings into question the notion of a "resident" artist and ideas of belonging, status and legitimacy within an institution. I will produce a series of drawings portraying the staff as they work and some of the working and private spaces. I will draw all staff from the invigilator in the gallery to the director in his office transforming the normal conditions of the working space into a different kind of working space. I will be working up through the floors of the ICA, spending about 2 weeks on each level, moving from front of house, through management, administration and finance towards the directors. The drawings made front of house will be displayed in the upstairs offices and vice versa. The divisions between departments and areas will be mixed up through the placing of the drawings. The drawings will be displayed in groups around the building and the way they are displayed will further explore my tenuous position as artist-in-residence.
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