This blog is a Chronicle of Projects from 2005 to present



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Story


2013 - 2014
Monrovia, Liberia

Story is a three-part artwork created by Workingman Collective.  At its core, the commission considers the relationship of play, learning, and building community across generations, linking the United States Embassy and the greater Liberian community


 On the U.S. embassy grounds, four cast bronze, oversized school desk chairs populated by the national bird, the Pepper bird, conjure the folktale icon, who according to legend, shrieks each dawn until father night releases the people sleeping peacefully under his arms to father day so they can go about their daily work.  The symbolism of the chairs and Pepper birds carries over to the community in tangible ways.  In Wenneh Town, Kakata, Margibi County, Workingman Collective partnered with the Checago Bright Foundation (a U.S. and Liberia based non-Government organization) to build a playground where children and familioes from surrounding schools and neighborhoods can gather to socialize and share their similarities and differences through play.  In Monrovia, in collaboration with the Quilters Guilds, Waste Not Inc., Alice Bracewell (Sinkor), Quageh, Maude Davis (Caldwell), and  team of young women created a visual document of Story in an edition of Quilts.






Friday, May 10, 2013

Cooler Shake

Workingman Collective 
is collecting video footage of shaking hands 
for

Cooler Shake, 2013
8 hour video loop
mixed media: oak file cabinet, 5-gallon water jug, video projection, limestone
71” x 27” x 16”

Still from video loops 
 
DuPont Circle Cooler Shake Session Set up

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Monrovia Liberia


The U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies has commissioned Workingman Collective to create a permanent artwork for the grounds of the US Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia.  


Our first site/research trip is March 2 - 15.

While in Monrovia we are planning a comprehensive survey + research of the Embassy grounds for location and installation of our artwork, including: site conditions + regulations, lighting potential, foundation needs, installation, suppliers, contacts, shipping, and etc.

Concurrently we will continue developing full conceptual/creative research that will inform and enable us to provide the Arts and Embassy Program a meaningful artwork that is specific as well as sensitive to the location for which it is created.

We don't want to build a monolith here in the states, ship it to Monrovia, and bolt it to a concrete pad deep within the embassy grounds.  We envision a project that has a life inside and outside the embassy grounds that connects community.  Therefore, it is important while we are in Monrovia to explore, observe, and simply shake hands in the community involved with education, outreach, the arts and traditional crafts, and diplomacy.  

We are also interested in cultural delivery systems such as the work Alfred J. Sirleaf is doing with his news kiosk, the Daily Talk, the Made In Liberia organization, the Checago Bright Foundation, or Leslie Lumeh who has created the first school of contemporary arts in Monrovia.

 

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Finding a Line

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 "Finding a Line Part One" 
January thru April 2012

This is the first of two video documents focusing on the Finding a Line 5x5 project. 
Ben Ashworth, John Falls, Workingman Collective

About Finding a Line
Finding aLine takes the improvisational act at the core of skateboarding - finding a line through physical space - and applies it to the process of transforming a community space.  

January 2012, two to three days a week, Ben Ashworth, Workingman Collective, John Falls, and Co, began transforming a large neglected raw area under the I-695 Southeast Freeway in Washington DC, into a skate-able social space. 

The site, BridgeSpot, a complex high-low socioeconomic mash-up zone was shaped into a skate-able social space that cycles rhythmically from action to a calm-before-the-storm vibe. 



Selected by curator Laura Roulet for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ temporary public art project, 5×5,  Ben Ashworth and Workingman Collective collaborated with other artists, activists, skaters, and the community towards the launch of the Finding a Line on March 20, 2012.

About 5x5
5x5 is twenty-five groundbreaking temporary public art installations that were installed concurrently throughout the District of Columbia March – April 2012.  5x5 coincided with the Centennial National Cherry Blossom Festival.

On Going Actions:
Janrurary – May 2012
Sustaining a steady work ethic, Ben Ashworth and Workingman Collective set a tone of stewardship by removing trash from the site, fixing what was broken, building, documenting, and shaking hands.  We began to link a diverse network of local officials, skaters, parents, dj's, kids, construction and office workers, to the homeless. As we worked and developed the Finding a Line project we sifted through actions + engagement, the collective images + videos to craft the emerging process and narrative. 

April 2 - 6, 2012
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW)
We created a workshop “Explore, Build, Document: Public Art Skateboarding Laboratory”  for students in grades K-6 .
Students made skateboards, designed and built skateboard structures, and documented the process through video and video editing.
Chaw Group
April 29, 2012
Through conversations with AlbusCavus, Peter Kursko the Urban Artistry's International Soul Society Festival and Eighty Eight's Forward Festival, Flow. Programmed the final festival event at the Finding a Line site which centered on live performances and workshops, including graffiti, parcours, djs, skateboarding, music, dancing, and cooking.




Thursday, February 16, 2012

5x5


Workingman Collective 
Backup Band 
for 
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5x5 is the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’s temporary public art project
(Click here for about 5x5)

For the next several months we will be working with Ben and others at Bridge Spot, DC
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We'd also like to give a shout out to curator Laura Roulet 

WMC + Ashworth    2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

VERDANT

January 30 - March 10, 2012
Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery 
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Boston, Ma

Binh Danh, Paula Hayes, Tim Knowles, and Workingman Collective

This exhibition explores the intersections between people and the natural environment; delving into the complexity of humanity's relationships with the landscape through the work of contemporary artists who use living plants in their art. Rather than simply drawing inspiration from the biosphere, these artists utilize plant matter as their artistic media, incorporate natural growth processes to create striking images, employ plants with pollutant-eliminating abilities in interactive sculptures to create healthy social spaces, and even embrace plants as active collaborators in their work.

This exhibition was curated by Lisa Tung, Director of Curatorial Programs.

For more information, please download our Gallery Guide. Printed copies are available for use in the galleries.
For links, events, and other resources, please download our Information Packet.


 

Karen and Kevin Townsend w/ Teagan and Calder  @ Mass Art opening






Wednesday, September 21, 2011

 (e)merge art fair


"Swing"
September 22 - 25, 2011
Capital Skyline Hotel
Washington DC