For the Art Licks Weekend Alan Magee will be creating a site-specific installation drawing from his exploration into the commercialisation of domestic work and the nature of labour inside and outside the home.
This current body of research builds upon his ongoing themes addressing issues that arise from the politics of power, labour and control. Using Hannah Arendt’s, The Human Condition as a point of reference, Magee considers what happens when faced with no access to ‘work’ or ‘action’; just ‘labour’.
Magee thusly views the home as a final bastion of control, he explores the nature and potential of the domestic objects and our ability to affect them. In a political sense, he views altering the preordained use of things as an act of self-empowerment.
His playful, often absurdist compositions juxtapose bodies and objects, high art and everyday life. The artist’s renderings of domestic objects take on powerful symbolism as the markers of the human condition.