Action Office (1978), 2016, Graphite on paper, 16 3/4 x 22in
The graphite drawing Action Office (1978) depicts an office furniture system designed by Robert Probst and produced by Herman Miller in the 1960s and 70s. Initially conceived of as a utopian idea much in the classical modernist spirit, Action Office I and II was supposed to enable communication, flexibility and, most importantly, an elimination of traditional corporate hierarchies by assembling all levels of workers from executives over managers to clerks in one large open plan office. However, social, economic, technological and organizational changes in labour coupled with the financial crisis of the 1980s have meant that the ideal of the open plan office has turned into what we now know as the office cubicle. The original image was digitally manipulated and broken down into rough pixels before being meticulously transferred in graphite onto drawing paper. The resulting effect of this labour intensive way of drawing is a seemingly blurred image whose pixelated units are reminiscent of the structure and repetition of an office cubicle as well as the alienation and standardisation inherent in the work experienced in an office environment. Furthermore, the work emphasises how corporate and organizational power relations are re-produced at the level of furniture design.
Vertebra, 2016, Graphite on paper, 8x11in
Organic Chair (Eames and Saarinen), 2016, Graphite on paper, 8x11in