The Fruit of Thine Labor

The Fruit of Thine Labor
Featuring the work of MFA students Alia Akhtar, Travis Beauchene, Ryan McDonnell, Robin Schaefer, and Joshua Zeis 
September 6, 2012 – September 14, 2012
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm 
This exhibition is an homage to Labor Day. All fine artists have used the same material – trace mineral salt block – in a repetitious, banal, labor-intensive manner. Dunking, dragging, scraping, chiseling, sawing, scrubbing and mopping actions were all used to alter the blocks in varying ways. The choice of material is appropriate: the salt block ingredients (sodium, iron, calcium, among other things” are similar to the main components in sweat.
The artists came into the gallery for an eight-hour workday on Labor Day to perform the various tasks that left behind the structures and markings on view today.
The artists used salt to produce salt.