Office Hours: Ian Pedigo
Program and Events:
Office Hours takes the concept of the small office as inspiration, defined as "an enclosed work space for two or three people, suitable for semi-concentrated work and collaborative work in small groups." Expanding on Forever & Today, Inc.'s 100-square-foot storefront as a site for the commission and production of new work, Office Hours exposes the curatorial process while highlighting the pervasiveness of the "curatorial office" as a current international model of practice.
In addition, the process of the invited artists' work is also revealed through their creation of and intervention into an office space where the flow of ideas between curators and artist takes place. Ultimately, the interaction between the physical territories of curatorial office and artist studio that are traditionally separated from each other and the general public lies at the heart of the Office Hours program.
Ian Pedigo's interdisciplinary work encompasses sculpture, photography, and drawing. Frequently the result of process-based exploration, Pedigo's carefully considered arrangements of found objects and ephemera often serve as a site-specific response to existing architectural environments. During Office Hours, he creates new work that considers the everyday materials present within a typical office, utilizing found items such as carpet, office supplies and furniture, and lighting. This overtly human-made methodology seeks to unite the disparate elements of natural and industrial, dually taking into account Forever & Today, Inc.'s interior/office and exterior/urban storefront space.
In recognition of the universal office custom, Forever & Today, Inc. hosts informal Happy Hours on Fridays from 6-7pm throughout February. An Exit Interview will take place between Forever & Today, Inc. and Pedigo upon the close of Office Hours to further highlight the working process.
Ian Pedigo (b. 1973, Anchorage, Alaska) received his MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Texas at Austin (2002). Based in New York, he has an upcoming solo exhibition at Cress Gallery of Art, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN (2011), and solo exhibitions include: Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY (2006; 2008; 2010); Cardenas Bellanger, Paris, France (2009); Rokeby, London, UK (2009); Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG), Alberta, Canada (2009); and others. His group exhibitions include: Espace EDF Electra Foundation, Paris, France (2010); IdeoBox Artspace, Miami, FL (2010); Visual Arts Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2010); Peter Blum, New York, NY (2007); D'Amelio Terras, New York, NY (2007); Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY (2006); Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (2005); Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY (2004); and Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX (2002). Pedigo received an artist fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY (2006) and an award from Bronx Museum of the Arts' AIM Program, Bronx, NY (2005). His work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, ArtReview, frieze, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Out New York, and The Village Voice, among others.
Special thanks to Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for support of Office Hours: Ian Pedigo.