WORK WON’T KILL YOU

JULY 15 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2016

ART PRODUCE

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: workwontkillyou@gmail.com

 ARTIFACTS 

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encontro cap

Encontro” translates from Italian to mean “an encounter”, generally used in the context of meeting up with people informally. This tavern-style restaurant seeks to inspire people to get together over food, it is quite fitting as it occupies the building which is considered to be the exact center of North Park. While the food is great, it’s too bad there are no public plazas around the area in which one can encounter others.