SHIFTwork was a collaborative installation/performance investigating the perceptions of the artist’s method of production as “work” and the artist as a cultural worker. The space became a public studio for the exploration of the artist as “common worker” and an artistic activity that exposes the performance of painting as labor and cultural practice. This activity took the form of a series of work “shifts” that reflected labor patterns and “shiftwork” activity throughout the city.
From April 9th to 16th the public was able to view the artists on the job working/painting on a series of “live” in-situ works through the large windows of the corner street level gallery during their assigned shifts. During rush hour (5:30 – 6:30pm) on April 16th, Stitt and Welch alos had a live akshun performance within the space where they dismantled, cut-up, and constructed new works from the debris of the paintings they had been working on for distribution to the public, at no cost to them, before becoming marketable products available through curcioprojects. The residual installation and products/art remained on view through April 24th.
SHIFTwork was the first collaborative piece by Stitt and Welch. Internationally renowned cult performance artist, Andre Stitt first met a teenaged Fritz Welch, during a performance at the Commerce Street Artist’s Warehouse in Houston, Texas in 1989. They kept in communication with each other over the years and when Welch, now a sonic/visual artist, was curating Acute Zonal Occult Outer, a series of performances at The Drawing Center, NYC in 2006 he invited Stitt to create a piece.