Factory Showroom: Idleness
November 24, 2014 – January 17, 2015
With indolence by
Nicholas Bower Simpson
Michael Van Horn
Laziness is the absence of movement and thought, dumb time - total amnesia. It is also indifference, staring at nothing, non-activity, impotence. It is sheer stupidity, a time of pain, futile concentration. Those virtues of laziness are important factors in art. Knowing about laziness is not enough, it must be practiced and perfected. – Mladen Stilinović, “Praise of Laziness,” 1993
Work is a shame. – Vlado Martek
The aperture on the camera Man Ray used for “Dust Breeding” (1920) is said to have been left open the precise amount of time it took he and Marcel Duchamp to have a leisurely lunch. The resulting photograph—capturing a section of Duchamp’s “Large Glass” (1915-1923) lying in an unfinished state and gathering dust—is the index for Idleness, a new exhibition opening at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery November 24, 2014. Idleness is the second Showroom program as part of Factory—a series of displays, labor demonstrations, motivational speeches, quality controls, and new product launches exploring the question, “Is a school a factory?” The dialectical counterpoint to Industry—the first exhibition in the series which celebrated traditional, industrious studio practices and notions of labor from Auguste Rodin to El Anatsui—Idleness presents artists who locate the virtues of their practice in moments of pause, idleness, daydreaming, non-studio-time, convalescence, or spending time with friends.