The installation Every Day Work chronicles one full year (January 1 - December 31, 2011) of Impractical Labor as practiced by a dedicated group of ILSSA members. On every day worked in 2012, members saved remnants of their process in a dated envelope. In early January 2012, members sent their envelopes and/or a representative tool to the Hammes Gallery at Saint Mary's College. One envelope is posted on the gallery wall for each worked day. On the gallery floor, the saved remnants are grouped by month, with remnants from each day organized in rows. The exhibition is a visual chronology of every day worked by union members, wherever they may have been. Together with the tools, the show provides a glimpse into the nature of such work.
Upon the show's closing, Saint Mary's College students were offered the remnants for their own creative reuse, and the envelopes were saved to be bound into books.
On July 7, 2012, ILSSA's 4th Annual Festival to Plead for Skills, Bridget Elmer and I sewed the chronologically organized envelopes into books of two-week increments.
The books were then sent to all ILSSA members who participated in the show.
Many thanks to ILSSA member Krista Hoefle (Local 574 Shop KH) for the opportunity to install the show, to Saint Mary's College for their support, and most especially to all participating ILSSA members, without whom this exhibition would not have been possible!2012 | mixed media installation | download an exhibition guide or buy one in the shop