HOME presents … Housework
From 8 Dec, Mon-Thu 8.30am-4.30pm, Fri 8.30am-10.00pm, Sat 9.00am-5.00pm, to 19 Dec, free.
The main room of Housework contains an installation, called Wine Baby, regarding maintenance labour practices, specifically the role of child rearing, since, ‘[…] The labours of cooking and child rearing are intimately connected to public events [and] need to be thought of as equivalent to other forms of oppression’ (Helen Molesworth, House Work and Art Work in The Everyday: Documents of Contemporary Art, 2000, p. 172). In a reversal of public and private acts, where ‘[…] The work of maintenance is neither exclusively public nor private; it is the realm of human activities that serves to bind the two,’ (2000, p. 176) the child of Joe Stevens (born 14.12.13) will be looked after (by Joe) in the gallery, as she would be looked after at home. For this, the room will be made up to resemble a domestic setting. The public will be free to talk to and interact with Joe, his daughter and the environment of the installation. In short, the routine from home will be transposed and reconfigured for the gallery space.
The wall-mounted series of works, entitled Work Ethic, come from working life in a labour-intensive factory setting and evolved out of a process of collection. The materials used were sourced from, or related to, a former place of employment. The process of collecting here can be seen as a resistance strategy to the tedium and monotony of work.
Joe Stevens and Andrew Pullan are HOME. Our collaborative practice stems from the nature of HOME and its effects. Our HOME is a sanctuary where our problems are neutralized, freeing us from societal constraints. Our HOME takes care of us and structures our lives. We are Outsider artists in the Arte Povera tradition, working in performance, video, installation, sculpture, photography and painting.
With special thanks to David Adams and Sarah Remy at HOUSE