US English’s Strike Work at the (e)merge art fair

October 03, 2013 - October 06, 2013


Transformer presents Strike Work by US English

(e)merge art fair
October 3 - October 6, 2013

Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 “I” Street, SW Washington DC, 20024
Room 204

Transformer proudly presents Strike Work, a body of work by US English, the collaborative project of St. Louis, MO based artists James and Brea McAnally in Room 204, at the 3rd Annual (e)merge art fair. US English explores collective identity, spatial politics, and forms of protest through a diverse collection of text, sound, objects and interventions, often initiating large-scale projects in public space.

Strike Work is a self-reflective meditation on the space of artistic production and exchange, positing the value of overlabor in the face of a fragile and changing terrain. Composed of an ambitious new performance, a series of feather and white marble sculptures, and a video installation, Strike Work places artistic time, labor and sacrifice as a site of potential transformation. The performative aspect to Strike Work will be presented in collaboration with a diverse roster of DC-based artists.

The performance element of Strike Work explores the role of artistic time and labor as a means of transformation. Artists are often the marginalized center for the art world, for whom commercial success or sustainability is often out of reach, but without whom the rest of the structure is unable to function. Likewise, galleries across the world use lead bricks in order to prop up pedestals and plinths. The weight of the lead is an unseen force in stabilizing the structure, strategically placed out of view, but anchoring often invaluable works of art. During this performance, the artist is this stabilizing force within the broader art world, tying together the weight of the artistic action and the weight of the lead within a symbiotic structure.