The Chopping Block
The Chopping Block was an installation and performance at Open Source Gallery in 2013. The Chopping Block focuses on the labor of chopping wood. Labor is not usually thought of as an artistic act, but as a necessity. Chopping wood is a necessity for some, it is a way of life. It allows for heat, power, and the ability to cook food.
Labor builds an identity. What happens to this identity when the action is put on display? What is the correlation between identity and utility? The exhibition will challenge notions of beauty and identity, questioning where we came from and where we are going. The presentation of tools and evidence of work in a gallery environment encourages us to think not only about our perceptions of work versus art, but also about our own senses, resources, energy, and time.
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