This work explores the contradictions inherent in being qualified for employment without the hands-on experience necessary to land a job. Through performance, video, enlarged sculptures, a create-your-own-diploma station, and a reimagining of the standard resume format, the artist attempts to play, antagonize, and reflect on what it means to enter the labor force.
During the gallery's open hours on Saturdays an Intern as Artwork performance took place. When the gallery space is empty, the intern spent his time searching for jobs, writing cover letters, and submitting applications. When visitors arrived, the intern will discussed the artwork and engaged participants in discussions of careers and jobs. Partly in response to recent press about interns not being compensated, the intern was be paid a small honorarium and provided with a travel stipend. This exhibition was part of a year-long project by the artist to explore the standards and rules of employment, using the DC area as a case study. This work is a sister work to How To Be A Professional Amateur.
View from outside the gallery.
Intern As Artwork, 2014, 11 X 14 silk-screen print
Please Congratulate Me, 2014, Dyed rope, aluminum and foam
Intern As Artwork performer Michael Schiffer.
Diploma, 2013, 5x51/2'
Modern Resumes, 2014
Make A Point, Modern Resume 3, 2014
Door to Door, Modern Resume #5, 2014
Hands On Diploma, 2014, finger print diploma with embosser.
Participant fingerprinting their diploma