Amy Prcevich WorkaroundOpening: January 17, 6-8pm Dates: January 17 - February 10 2024
To ensure the financial sustainability of art making, most artists engage in paid labour outside of time they commit to their art practice. This often positions paid employment in competition with a commitment to art practice. With wry humour Workaround draws on office tropes and the conventions of the instructional video to present a series of strategies used to claim time and space for art making in the context of the office. Informed by her embodied experience as an artist-arts worker, the work celebrates the artistic impulse to agitate, rebel, resist and destabilise. The stakes of the workaround, both for individual artists and the arts sector, is high. Its ultimate aim is to safeguard art making from diminishing under time constraints imposed by paid labour by offering an alternative possibility of how an art practice can be maintained and supported.
Amy Prcevich (she/her) is an artist, curator and creative producer. Her approach to these overlapping roles is underpinned by conversation, walking, research and writing in order to interrogate narratives of social and public space, time, the office, language and labour – specifically the nature and value of artists’ labour. Amy has been the recipient of several grants and residencies including the Test Sites Public Art Project Development Grant from City of Melbourne and Parramatta Artist Studios and has exhibited at The Substation, Arts House Meat Market, Arts House North Melbourne, True Estate (VIC) and Wellington Street Projects, PARI and Firstdraft (NSW). Amy is part of the Countess Report art collective and is curator of Language Exchange at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery (NSW), opening February 2024.