Out of Office

Images

Gabriel Kuri, untitled tsb mini statement details, 2014. Hand-woven wool Gobelin; two parts, each: 83 ½ × 59 in. (212.1 × 149.9 cm). Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Anixter Art Acquisition Fund, 2015.11.a–b, © Gabriel Kuri. Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles.
Jason Dodge, Scale, 2010. Scale and string; 14 × 13 × 4 in. (35.6 × 33 × 10.2 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Marshall Field’s by exchange, 2011.16. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Eric Wesley, DPS #9 (Pomegranate), 2014. Acrylic on aluminum on linen; 48 ¼ × 37 3/16 × 2 11/16 in. (122.6 × 94.5 × 7.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2015.6. © 2014 Eric Wesley. Photo: Josh White.
Hugh Scott-Douglas, Untitled, 2014. Diffused direct to substrate print on linen; two parts, each: 80 3/16 × 40 1/16 in. (203.7 × 101.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Marshall Field’s by exchange, 2015.5, Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery.

About

Scanning, copying, scheduling, saving receipts—these simple organizational tasks become the focal point in Out of Office, a small exhibition that highlights five works from the MCA Collection. By transforming commonplace objects through shifts in scale and unexpected uses of materials, these artists raise questions about the increasingly prevalent role of economic transactions and technology in contemporary life.

Focusing on art made in the last five years, this exhibition closely considers recent approaches to the relationship between the artistic and the administrative. For example, Wade Guyton deliberately misuses an ink-jet printer, running large sheets of linen through the machine to create paintings that record the glitches that occur. Hugh Scott-Douglas and Gabriel Kuri investigate the circulation of currency in our everyday lives by using money and receipts as source material. Additionally, Jason Dodge and Eric Wesley draw attention to the logistics of daily life through the poetic presentation of humble objects.

Bringing the trappings of administration out of the office and into the museum reveals that, at times, the artistic process resembles more conventional forms of work, and also offers possibilities for playful transformations and subversions of practical-use items.

This exhibition is organized by Grace Deveney, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Installation Images

Installation view, Out of Office, MCA Chicago, May 23–Sep 6, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Out of Office, MCA Chicago, May 23–Sep 6, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Out of Office, MCA Chicago, May 23–Sep 6, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Out of Office, MCA Chicago, May 23–Sep 6, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.