PAUL VANOUSE: LABOR

Paul Vanouse Labor Schematic

OPENING CELEBRATION | PAUL VANOUSE: LABOR

At the Burchfield Penney Art Center
Part of M&T Second Friday

Friday, January 11, 2019, 5:30–7:30 pm

On the Second Friday of every month, thanks to the support of M&T Bank, the Burchfield Penney hosts something great! From openings and happy hours, programs, concerts, screenings or other special events, visitors experience the best of the Burchfield Penney. For more info, call 716-878-6011.

OPENING CELEBRATION | PAUL VANOUSE: LABOR
Part of M&T Second Friday
Friday, January 11, 2019, 5:30–7:30 pm

What does exploitation smell like? "Labor" is an art installation that fills a gallery with the scent of people exerting themselves in stressful conditions. But there are no people involved in making the smell – it is created by bacteria breeding in two industrial fermenters at the center of the space. Each incubates a unique species of human skin bacteria responsible for the primary scent of sweat: Staphylococus epidermis and Propioni bacteria. As these bacteria digest simple sugars and yeasts, the former creates the smell associated with human exertion and the latter with stress/anxiety. The project poetically reflects and interrogates industrial society’s shift from human and machine labor to increasingly pervasive forms of microbial manufacturing, and in this process contemplates the changing borders defining what is human.

CLASS / WORKSHOP | ART MAKING WORKSHOP
Friday, January 11, 2019, 5:30–7:30 pm

Studio Classroom Join the Burchfield Penney docents and volunteers for a hands on art making workshop in the Studio Classroom from 5:30 - 7:30