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a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Installation view
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

 

The exhibition is the second installment in Golkar’s Return Project, a series of assemblage works where readymade consumer articles are dissected, transformed and reinserted into their wholesale environment. A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work borrows its title from the motto of the American Federation of Labor; the exhibition takes labour as its central theme, addressing the role of the individual within large-scale commerce and mechanised production.

Golkar initiates each artwork by purchasing an item from a major retailer. The item is brought to the studio for photographic documentation. The object is then dismantled and reconfigured into a new consumer article – an original artwork – related to the original in its physicality and content, but radically altered in each case. The new object is then documented, and along with the original photograph, presented as a diptych printed on an identical scale to the original object.

Throughout the process, the original tags and labels remain intact. The new object is officially declared as an artwork by a carefully hidden authenticity accreditation note. The artwork is then returned to the store from which it was purchased with its original tags for a full refund. The store’s return policy determines the timeframe for the studio process behind each work. The returned art object enters into and circulates the inventory of the store and is once again available for sale at its original price.

Following its alteration, the leftover materials from the original object’s reconfiguring are employed to form a residual object that accompanies the photographic diptych, exhibited together as a singular artwork. Each work in the exhibition is planned and executed around a specific concept within the theme of labour, specific to the original object’s broader allusion whilst examining issues ranging from geopolitics to workers’ rights and globalization.

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Installation view
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Installation view
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Diamond Ring (with NO CASH VALUE), 2016

Diamond Ring (with NO CASH VALUE), 2016

Inkjet print on metallic paper (x2), cubic zirconia and clay
60 x 60 cm (frame, each); 3.8 x 3.8 cm (token)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

NO CASH VALUE, 2016

NO CASH VALUE, 2016

cubic zirconia and clay
3.8 x 3.8 cm
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti
 

Shepherd and the Witch (with Primitive Accumulation), 2016

Shepherd and the Witch (with Primitive Accumulation), 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2), wood, paint, lacquer and velvet
170.2 x 76.2 cm (prints, each); 30.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm (flute)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Primitive Accumulation, 2016

Primitive Accumulation, 2016

wood, paint, lacquer and velvet
30.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

From E.I.C. with Love (with Hessian Glove For a Ten Year Old Boy), 2016

From E.I.C. with Love (with Hessian Glove For a Ten Year Old Boy), 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2) and hessian thread
25.4 x 38.1 cm (prints, each); 16.1 x 11.4 cm (glove, each)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Arm (with In Advance of a Broken Head), 2016

Arm (with In Advance of a Broken Head), 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2), steel, leather and rubber
172.7 x 55.9 cm (prints, each); 54 x 14 x 4.5 cm (slingshot)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Martyrs, 2016

Martyrs, 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2)
72.4 x 48.3 cm (‘after’ print)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Martyrs, 2016

Martyrs, 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2)
72.4 x 48.3 cm (‘after’ print)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Gold Standard (with The Burden of Carrying Weight), 2016

Gold Standard (with The Burden of Carrying Weight), 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper and steel
40 x 97 cm (frame); 3.8 x 0.3 x 0.3 cm (nail)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

The Philosopher's Stone (with Trouble in Paradise: From the end of history to the end of capitalism, ISBN 978-0-141-97955-7), 2016

The Philosopher's Stone (with Trouble in Paradise: From the end of history to the end of capitalism, ISBN 978-0-141-97955-7), 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2)
30.5 x 40.6 cm (prints, each)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Martyrs (with Taste of Cherry), 2016​

Martyrs (with Taste of Cherry), 2016​

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2), paper and wood
72.4 x 48.3 cm (‘after’ print); dimensions variable (birds)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Shepherd and the Witch (with Primitive Accumulation), 2016​

Shepherd and the Witch (with Primitive Accumulation), 2016​

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2), wood, paint, lacquer and velvet
170.2 x 76.2 cm (prints, each); 30.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm (flute)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Dimensions varied
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

 

 

 

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Installation view at Edel Assanti
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Dimensions varied
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Dimensions varied
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Dimensions varied
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Dimensions varied
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Installation view
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

 

The exhibition is the second installment in Golkar’s Return Project, a series of assemblage works where readymade consumer articles are dissected, transformed and reinserted into their wholesale environment. A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work borrows its title from the motto of the American Federation of Labor; the exhibition takes labour as its central theme, addressing the role of the individual within large-scale commerce and mechanised production.

Golkar initiates each artwork by purchasing an item from a major retailer. The item is brought to the studio for photographic documentation. The object is then dismantled and reconfigured into a new consumer article – an original artwork – related to the original in its physicality and content, but radically altered in each case. The new object is then documented, and along with the original photograph, presented as a diptych printed on an identical scale to the original object.

Throughout the process, the original tags and labels remain intact. The new object is officially declared as an artwork by a carefully hidden authenticity accreditation note. The artwork is then returned to the store from which it was purchased with its original tags for a full refund. The store’s return policy determines the timeframe for the studio process behind each work. The returned art object enters into and circulates the inventory of the store and is once again available for sale at its original price.

Following its alteration, the leftover materials from the original object’s reconfiguring are employed to form a residual object that accompanies the photographic diptych, exhibited together as a singular artwork. Each work in the exhibition is planned and executed around a specific concept within the theme of labour, specific to the original object’s broader allusion whilst examining issues ranging from geopolitics to workers’ rights and globalization.

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Installation view
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Installation view
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Diamond Ring (with NO CASH VALUE), 2016

Inkjet print on metallic paper (x2), cubic zirconia and clay
60 x 60 cm (frame, each); 3.8 x 3.8 cm (token)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

NO CASH VALUE, 2016

cubic zirconia and clay
3.8 x 3.8 cm
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti
 

Shepherd and the Witch (with Primitive Accumulation), 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2), wood, paint, lacquer and velvet
170.2 x 76.2 cm (prints, each); 30.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm (flute)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Primitive Accumulation, 2016

wood, paint, lacquer and velvet
30.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

From E.I.C. with Love (with Hessian Glove For a Ten Year Old Boy), 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2) and hessian thread
25.4 x 38.1 cm (prints, each); 16.1 x 11.4 cm (glove, each)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Arm (with In Advance of a Broken Head), 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2), steel, leather and rubber
172.7 x 55.9 cm (prints, each); 54 x 14 x 4.5 cm (slingshot)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Martyrs, 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2)
72.4 x 48.3 cm (‘after’ print)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Martyrs, 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2)
72.4 x 48.3 cm (‘after’ print)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Gold Standard (with The Burden of Carrying Weight), 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper and steel
40 x 97 cm (frame); 3.8 x 0.3 x 0.3 cm (nail)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

The Philosopher's Stone (with Trouble in Paradise: From the end of history to the end of capitalism, ISBN 978-0-141-97955-7), 2016

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2)
30.5 x 40.6 cm (prints, each)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Martyrs (with Taste of Cherry), 2016​

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2), paper and wood
72.4 x 48.3 cm (‘after’ print); dimensions variable (birds)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

Shepherd and the Witch (with Primitive Accumulation), 2016​

Inkjet print on lustre paper (x2), wood, paint, lacquer and velvet
170.2 x 76.2 cm (prints, each); 30.5 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm (flute)
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Dimensions varied
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

 

 

 

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Installation view at Edel Assanti
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Dimensions varied
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Dimensions varied
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Dimensions varied
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016

Dimensions varied
Courtesy of Studio Babak Golkar and Edel Assanti

a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016
a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016
a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016
Diamond Ring (with NO CASH VALUE), 2016
NO CASH VALUE, 2016
Shepherd and the Witch (with Primitive Accumulation), 2016
Primitive Accumulation, 2016
From E.I.C. with Love (with Hessian Glove For a Ten Year Old Boy), 2016
Arm (with In Advance of a Broken Head), 2016
Martyrs, 2016
Martyrs, 2016
Gold Standard (with The Burden of Carrying Weight), 2016
The Philosopher's Stone (with Trouble in Paradise: From the end of history to the end of capitalism, ISBN 978-0-141-97955-7), 2016
Martyrs (with Taste of Cherry), 2016​
Shepherd and the Witch (with Primitive Accumulation), 2016​
a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016
a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016
a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016
a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016
a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016
a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, 2016