It is no secret that we live in a technologically driven society. Laptops, smartphones and iPads are a critical part of our everyday lives. With that being said, however, consumer demand for authentic, handcrafted products has reached new heights within recent years. Why the sudden fascination with the artisanal? Come by Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s summer exhibition Labour and Wait to find out.
Labour and Wait will be on view from July 2–September 22 and contain over 38 sculptures, videos and drawings that explore contemporary culture’s obsession with the handcrafted, as well as issues concerning manufacturing and labor. Works in the exhibition include pieces from the early 1990s to the present, encapsulating the period of time in which artists shifted from industrial fabrication to a do-it-yourself mindset. The display features 15 highly influential international artists and artist collaboratives, including renowned British artist Grayson Perry and Los Angeles artist Tim Hawkinson.
Perry is known for his medieval design-inspired ceramic pots embellished with contemporary and sexual subject matter. In addition to his pots, he crafts magnificent tapestries that contain contradictory references of fast food icons and urban slang. Several of his pots and a large tapestry will be on view in the exhibition. Also featured are two major works from Hawkinson, who uses store-bought materials and found objects to represent nature, machines, mortality, the body and human consciousness. One of his works on display, entitled “Foot Quilt,” uses silver polyester fabric and batting to recreate a large scale human footprint. Other artists in the exhibit include Tonico Lemos Auad, Andrea Bowers, Colin Darke, Wim Delvoye, Theaster Gates, Dewar & Gicquel, Fischli and Weiss, Josiah McElheny, Mika Rottenberg, Allison Smith, Ricky Swallow, David Thorpe and Jane Wilbraham.
You won’t want to miss this fascinating display! For more information on Labour and Wait, visit SBMA’s website or click here.