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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juice bottle

Being a few miles inland from the beach, North Park is most often 10 degrees warmer than the coastal neighborhoods. At times the only sure remedy from the increased heat or relief from one’s recent work-out in order to stay fit and look great in the newly purchased swimsuit – is a refreshing juice or smoothie. Thank goodness for the abundance of juice shops, such as Lucky Dutch, who provide residents with a healthy way to cool off!