Work/Life

  • The Drawing Room 10253 97 St NW Edmonton, AB, T5J Canada

Work/Life by Jeff Klassen

Opening Reception on September 13 from 7 to 10 pm
Although personal computing spread from our workplaces to our homes long ago, it never quite let go of that office mentality. It’s easy to forget that the promises of increased efficiency and access to vast amounts of information were made to benefit the bottom line. Marshall McLuhan (that patron saint of 1990’s computing) once said that we shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us. How has office software shaped us?

As personal computers became standard, the digital image repository known as Clip Art followed these machines into every organization, institution, and home office in the commercialized world. Although most Clip Art ends up on annual reports and PowerPoint presentations, I think it can be used for much more. A vast number of professionals have access to the exact same vocabulary of images - in this context, Clip Art begins to function as a discrete visual language. Because this language consists of images deemed acceptable, useful or profitable, I believe Clip Art can be used as a visual representation of the ideas inherent in office software. This exhibition is an exploration of the ideas which give shape to office software, and by extension, those who use it.

Exhibition runs September 13 to October 3rd
Presentation by the artist at 8 pm