Image courtesy of the artist, Zagreb

Artist at Work (for Neša Paripović)

Date: 1978

Materials: 8 black-and-white photographs

Dimensions: 11 13⁄16 x 15 11⁄16 in. (30 x 39.8 cm) each

Credit: Collection of the artist

The photographic series Artist at Work (and To Dürer, on the adjacent wall), reflect Stilinović’s belief that “there is no art without laziness.” Non-work and non-activity are a form of protest against capitalism and a Western art world that favors the production and promotion of objects over what Stilinović sees as the “virtues of laziness”: impotence, futile concentration, amnesia, indifference. As he describes in his text In Praise of Laziness, on view in the adjoining gallery, the practice of laziness also confounds a socialist conception of labor in that any activity (even non-activity) can be conceived of as work. In his self-portrait Artist at Work, Stilinović pictures himself in bed, in contrast to the expected scene of a studio filled with material and finished pieces. 

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Co-curator Dan Byers on Artist at Work (for Neša Paripovic´)

Gallery One