JEFF&GORDON: DAY JOB
July 19 – August 10, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 12 – 8 pm (special hours)
Coffee and tea will be served
2 – 5 pm
JEFF&GORDON is the collaboration of Jeff Foye and Gordon Winiemko. In their video and performance based work, the artists examine the social customs and cultural idioms that are so much a part of the “air we breathe” that we often ignore how they shape our lives, for better or worse. Together they have had solo shows at such venues as the UC Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery, the CSU Northridge West Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, and 323 Projects. In 2012 they were awarded the Investing in Artists grant by the Center for Cultural Innovation. They have each been awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council for Long Beach, where they both reside. Jeff received his MFA from CSU Long Beach and currently works part-time there as the student gallery coordinator and as an instructor. Gordon received his MFA from UC Irvine and works as an instructor at the Art Institute of California, CSU Fullerton, Fullerton College, and Los Angeles Mission College.
If the Lumière Brothers’ “Workers Leaving the Factory” is synonymous with both the birth of film and the 20th century, then the 21st century, internet-based version might be called “Workers Always at the Factory”—a paradigm reflected and embodied in this new work by Jeff Foye and Gordon Winiemko. JEFF&GORDON: DAY JOB is a split-screen video (or video diptych) that collapses a day in the life of the two artists—during which they are always in some state of labor, or engagement with labor—into a monolithic 8-hour running time that coincides with the workday that laborers once fought and died for. The 8-hour running time implies a laborious commitment from the viewer but also deliberately undermines the expectation to take in “the whole thing.” JEFF&GORDON: DAY JOB is a time-based work that transcends the boundaries of time, the way our labor now transcends boundaries under the “empire” of late capitalism. At the same time, this transformation of time given over to labor into an object of aesthetic contemplation begs the question, how might we transform our labor?
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