sketch of Estwing hammer by Nina Gomez Gordon
Martha’s Vineyard is madness in the spring. Everyone and their mothers who own homes here have renters or relatives coming for summer, or are flying in from the city for a much needed break. Work on the house has to be done yesterday. Martha’s Minions do the work because inclement winter has made us poor and antsy. But there are not enough of us, we do not return phone calls, we are expensive, or we would rather be doing something else. Some of us are artists!
Work: Deconstructing Martha is a show of and inspired by the trades, by the people who work the trades: carpentry, house painting, shingling, plastering, plumbing, electrical work, landscaping, and more. Art submitted to this show came from the love/hate relationship with the trade that put a shirt on our backs while we are breaking them.
Constructed Worker by Mitch Gordon. Right: What I’ve Been Doing for the Last 15 Years by Matt Mara
Building Blocks, origami blueprints, and End of the Job(Look Inside), found object with ring, by Nina Gomez Gordon
shingle contributed by Julie and Arthur Sierputoski
Bob Lee for Meret “pressure-treated” wood conceptual piece
Julie and Arthur Sierputoski shingle reading “Your wife is in labor. Go home. 10:30 am”
Daniel O. Howell untitled photograph
Kirk Rose Estwing Hammer oil on linen
Sharron Penicaud Iffy Isle (Luminous Abode) oil and wax on canvas
Daisy and Bob Kimberly Resurrection of the Fallen House Painter mixed media collaged photographs
Carrie Smith Homeless Laborer charcoal
Matthew Mara What I’ve Been Doing for the last 15 Years mixed media collage
Jon Mayhew Striped Bass and Fluke iron (former car parts)
Erik Hokanson Framing Hammer triptych
Shingle Hatchet mixed media on paper
Ernie Carlomagno and Donaroma’s bonsai trees
Peter Hussey watercolors
Mark Hutker untitled photographs and rotated relief elevations
Mitch Gordon Vise oil on masonite
Masonary Hammer mixed media and oil on canvas
Metal-Working Hammer oil on canvas
Shingle Hatchet oil on canvas
Constructed Worker mixed media sculpture
Nina Gomez Gordon Gregor Samsa oil on paper
Heat for Today oil on paper
Building Blocks polyacrylic on blueprints Chase the Check board game(you can’t win)
Coffee Break installation
End of the Job (Look Inside) can of paint and wedding ring
Oil on Canvas (for Lee Krasner) 9 of 8”x8” stretched canvas drop cloth
Waste Products (Recycle Me) installation
Martha’s Minions is a local ‘zine edited by Elizabeth Parker about work, life, and sex, but mostly work, written by the people who live it. Purchase current and back issues for $3 plus shipping and handling. It’s both kinds of funny (ha ha and sad).
Almost Summer 03: Crime Issue
Winter 03: Addictions and Phobias
Fall 02: The Worst of the Vineyard
Summer 02: Sex and Homelessness
Spring 02: Get in Touch with your Inner Spring
Dawn of 02: Seasonal Affection Disorder
Fall 01: Slouching Toward the Solstice
Summer 01: Get in Shape for Summer!
Installations Waste Products (Recycle Me) and Coffee Break (complete with donuts). Gallons of used thinner read “unclean, filthy, disgusting, used & abused, impure, don’t-even-think-about-it, contaminated, sorry excuse, ravaged, adulterated, XXX, pornographic, devirginized.” Coffee Break evolved over the course of the show as the artists stopped in for a chat and left a contribution.
CHASE THE CHECK is the game you can’t win, or even play. It is a satire on local Martha’s Vineyard issues regarding all aspects of and affecting the building trades, personal, professional, and financial. From building moratoriums to therapy for depression, nothing is sacred. Names have been withheld to protect the guilty (yes most of these things have really happened…).
Poster is 12”x18”, full color on coated paper, $20. The “rules (made to be broken or at least bent)” are printed below the image along with the cards for PHONE CALLS and INSPECTIONS.
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Gregor Samsa, 16”x10” oil on paper by Nina Gomez Gordon