Winter Through a South Facing Window
A solo show by Jacqui Shelton
The Living Room Project, Brooklyn, New York
Sunday 22 March 2015
The Living Room Project is an ongoing project I initiated involving pop-up exhibitions in unexpected spaces. The first edition took place in the living room of my New York City apartment and presented a solo exhibition of works by Jacqui Shelton made in response to the space and a winter spent in New York.
Good friends from Melbourne, Jacqui and I independently found ourselves in New York at the same time. Both pursuing artistic careers. Creative practices. Occupations. Tied up in the concept of work. Work. Work. Questions we ask ourselves: How does one succeed? Is this success(ful)? Do I need to work harder? Am I doing enough? Am I using my time productively? The motivation for this exhibition stems from our ongoing dialogue revolving around concepts of work, productivity and uncertainty, specifically as they relate to the experience of being in a new and unfamiliar environment.
Working. Thinking. Walking. Doing. Meaningless actions masquerade as productivity, and vice versa. Evident in Jacqui’s work are a series of binaries that she regularly addresses – art/not-art, efficiency/idleness, significance/irrelevance. These propositional gestures are deliberately unfinished, offering potential for constant rearranging, rehashing. An ongoing series of possible outcomes, resisting the need for completed work.