WORK MAKES THE WORK
"Work Makes the Work" is an exhibition of artworks in which the act of making — the labor, process, or enactment — is as important, if not more, than the aesthetic object created. Instead of being completely dematerialized, however, the works in this exhibition are conceptual constructs as well as more traditional, "stand-alone" artworks.
The curatorial process and installation of this show also represents a privileging of labor: some of the included artists were found the traditional way (ie: by having seen their work in the past), but also through a daily practice of combing the internet. This show also includes two pieces re-created from historical instructions by Marcel Duchamp and Lawrence Weiner, as well as an industrial product and a natural object that whose forms are a byproduct of another process.
The exhibition was presented at the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and included works by Aleksandra Domanovic, Ana Mendieta*, Christoph Korn, Eadweard Muybridge*, Ed Reilly, Guthrie Longergan, Jeff Schmuki, Kyle McDonald, Lance Wakeling, Mike Rugnetta and Patrick Davison, Craig Olson, Ryan Watkins-Hughes, Joshua Schwartz, Thomas Thwaites, and Trevor Reese (*on loan from the Sheldon Museum of Art).
Images of the installation
Stills from "Anhedonia" by Alexsandra Domanovic (video, 2009)
"Silueta Series: Tumba #2" by Ana Mendieta (color photograph, 1977)
Courtesy of the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; UNL-Robert E Schweser and Fern Beardsley Schweser Aquisition Fund, through the University of Nebraska Foundation
"Waldstueck" by Christoph Korn (website, 2008)
Conus textile shell from a venemous snail found on a reef off Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania
"Elephant Walking" by Eadweard Muybridge (collotype, 1887)
Courtesy of the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; UNL-F.M. Hall Collection
"Untitled" by Ed Reilly (site-specific sculpture with dyed plaster, 2011)
Stills from "Artist Looking at the Camera" by Guthrie Lonergan (video, 2006)
Jeff Schmuki's "Portable Wheat Field" (red winter wheat and burlap, 2011)
Visualization from Kyle McDonald's "Only Everything Lasts Forever" (software and audio, 2010)
"Untitled (Reference Library)" by Lance Wakeling (mixed media, 2011)
Stills from "Loan Words" by Mike Rugnetta and Patrick Davison (video, 2009)
Preparatory drawing for "Does Your House Have Lions?/Je M'en Fiche" by Craig Olson (wall painting, 2010-11)
"Microsoft Word Doesn't Understand Duchamp" by Joshua Schwartz (inkjet print on paper, 2004)
Image from "The Toaster Project" by Thomas Thwaites (book, 2009)
Torrit Gray (oil paint made by Gamblin Artist Colors)
"Wake Without Worry" by Trevor Reese (house plant, wood and metal shelf, ongoing performance with gallery attendant, 2009)
Stills from "End of Sculpture" by Wyatt Nash (video, 2010)