Sisyphus Office

a curatorial project organized in conjunction with  =SkyDive= in Houston, TX,  May-June 09


=Skydive Projects=
Houston, TX
May 8-June 26, 2009
Opening, May 8,

Organized by Jonn Herschend

Featuring the work of  Joe McKay (CA), Ryan Thayer, David Keating (AU/DE) Alice Shaw, Brion Nuda Rosch, Susan O’Malley, Alex Clausen, David Fullarton, Lindsey White, and Elysa Lozano, Autonomous Organization

The artists involved in the show are collaborating with businesses and offices around Houston in order to centralize art as an integral and necessary distraction in our day to day life… like a fax machine, only serving a different purpose.

Each of the artists are working physically and conceptually with the notions of existentialism, Romantic capitalism*, artistic Romanticism and deadpan slapstickism as a means to examine and probe the artifice that keeps us clinging to reality and distracted from the void.  And the hope in all of this is that the viewers, who will be traveling around Houston to the different locations, will also be involved in actively exploring these same issues on a physical, intellectual and absurdist level.

Offices involved in this project are:

=SKYDIVE= Office, NE’A House of Beauty,, Aurora Picture Show, 5. 90.1 KPFT, Caroline Collective, and Decorative Center Houston

*Romantic Capitalism refers to the notion of creating something based on a dream or fevered vision.  This is the sort of business that someone creates because he or she has an idea.  They simply go for it and throw caution to the wind.  This is the opposite of corporate capitalism.  There is no research or market study.  The individual has the dream and invests his or her life into making the vision true.  There is little or no reason for this.  It’s almost a rejection of reason.   Houston, the city itself, is a metaphor of this.  The city is free form and has no zoning law.  Stores exist in family living rooms, offices are found in trailer parks,  galleries in office buildings.

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