an ongoing series of interviews and discussions about art and business. how do they balance out? how do we make this stuff real?
Shannon makes work that explores “working” and jobs and questioning what tasks and actions have value. She has done a series of 8-hour performances, doing a repetitive task for an 8 hour period, clocking in and out and making tick marks to note bathroom breaks as well. We talked about Shannon’s ideal / conceptual daily schedule: she would go into work, do an 8-hour drawing, and then clock out and leave without doing any other drawings in the evening or on her “off time”. Her actual ideal schedule (in real life) would probably include spending a majority of her days doing 8-hour drawings, but would also include time to have meetings with her assistants and interact with the people she’s working with, because she would be working with people to produce projects bigger than just her, and she’d have to set up meetings and future performances and gallery shows.
She talked about how just recently she’s fallen into a schedule which has her realize she could actually balance being an artist and make a living at the same time – working 4 days week and then having 3 days a week to be making artwork. “That third weekend day is crucial.”
But we also talked about how important it is having that consistency. if you have to spend some of your non-working day “hustling” for more work, than that eats into your art time, and more importantly it eats into your head space making you worry about the income and leaving no space for creative making.
This is all of the interview I managed to record.
Shannon currently lives in New York City and is working as a personal assistant, nanny, non-profit arts organization summer festival assistant, and probably more jobs I don’t remember.
Shannon holds a BA from Carleton College.
She will be exhibiting an 8-hour performance at the Invisible Dog Gallery on Saturday June 9th from 11am-7pm with a reception and Q&A from 6pm-8pm.
Follow up things:
READ THIS: Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art, Edited by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, and Anton Vidokle, June 2011