JULY 15 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2016


San Diego, CA

WWKY Workforce: Miah Spring Carabajal, Davide Carpano, Cassius Crawford, Dwight Hobart, Gin Nguyen, Margarita Lucy Novelo, Grace Elizabeth Oliver, and Elvis Tello


Work Wont Kill You focused on the University Street retail corridor of the North Park neighborhood as a place in which to demonstrate the value of work through the fabrication, sale, purchase and consumption of marketable objects. Using the very medium of commercial exchange, money itself, as raw material for a finished product, workers sewed actual dollar bills into shopping bags. These “money” bags were made to be sold as artwork. The WWKY workers invested proceeds from these sales back into the economy by shopping in local retail establishments and buying goods or services that are significantly characteristic of the retail corridor. The workers subsequently documented, catalogued and archived objects purchased in these transactions as museum quality artifacts thereby correlating the circular flow of economic value with the aesthetic elevation of everyday objects.


Shopping bag artworks were for sale and are available by emailing:


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A very well curated store established in 2009 by husband and wife Zoe Crenshaw and Lee Reynolds. When we went in there the 8 year-old granddaughter was sewing a handbag. The grandmother was teaching the granddaughter how to sew. The mother was behind the counter. They primarily sell vinyls, and gently used designer clothing and accessories. Hunt & Gather, along with many other area shops, represents a growing trend toward stores that espouse a bourgeois-bohemian flavor.