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Graham Wilson, A.O. #27 (90 sq “Fire”), 2015, oil, pigment, charcoal, and paint scrapings on canvas, 90 × 90". From the five-part suite Natural Motion, 2015.

Graham Wilson

Brand New Gallery

Graham Wilson, A.O. #27 (90 sq “Fire”), 2015, oil, pigment, charcoal, and paint scrapings on canvas, 90 × 90". From the five-part suite Natural Motion, 2015.

The thread connecting the fifteen works (all 2015) in Graham Wilson’s recent exhibition “I Clocked Out when I Punched In” seemed to be time—specifically, time as it plays out in the valuation of artistic production. Wilson’s self-reflexive exhibition presented cheeky meditations on the status of his own work, in terms of both its cultural and economic capital. Some pieces are quite literal: Institutionalized suggests that the time spent producing a work can be systematically monetized, and that the artist might be conceived as an office worker. A broken vintage punch clock was installed on the wall above a pile of time cards stamped during the past year and a half, recording the hours the artist spent finishing the works in the show—works that ultimately, perhaps, were assigned value only once they were realized in the gallery. This demonstration of labor invited a

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