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Nick Briz, Sarazen Haile, Jennifer Mills, Wesley Wilson
The artwork in Gestural Economy considers the nature of artistic labor and the potential for a sharing work with the viewer. These gestures signaling the economy are themselves economical, in the sense of the word that means to use as little as necessary to achieve a result. Exploring the implications of an expanded notion of work beyond the hand of the artist, these works rethink the social landscape in which artistic labor exists. Gestures that are meticulous, deliberate, parodic, or invigorating activate an exchange between artist and viewer. This collaborative engagement questions accessibility, craftsmanship, authorship, and social relations. These works referencing ordinary practices invite the viewer to consider the investment one feels in the work one does.
Bryce Dwyer, curator