Gainful Unemployment


Artist Eddie Farrell shares with us some of his thoughts as he prepares for the show on March 12th:

Time is everything.
For an artist time is essential to think, make, propose,
explore, test and perhaps most important of all, fail.
The luxury of time brings the luxury to fail:
to experience failure without brutal consequences, helps facilitate
a deeper exploration of the world around us
which ultimately can allow for true learning.
So in a world where time is synonymous with money,
“time is money”
does that mean true learning is the preserve of the wealthy alone?
In over 30 years of working as an artist
the times I’ve felt, most employed and truly receptive to learning,
have been occasions that society would have deemed my status to be, unemployed.

In response to the Henningham Family Press (HFP) invitation to collaborate on The Maximum Wage project, I propose to construct a large visual composition with the working title of Gainfully Unemployed. In conjunction with the other invited contributions and relating to the architecture and environment of St. Paul’s Church Hall, Gainfully Unemployed will compliment the HFP central Maximum Wage installation.

The work will address the time/money equation and be assembled as a 5 hour durational
composition throughout the afternoon assisted by participating visitors to The Maximum Wage event, March 12 2016. It’s aimed to show, through making, how artistic process can give working form, structure and purpose to what might otherwise be designated, meaningless curiosity or pointless exploration of unusable knowledge.

Ultimately it is probing to see how artistic discipline can help inform and expand the parameters of a conversation of utmost importance to us all ; employment/unemployment and our relationship to money.

Eddie Farrell February 2016

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