"What I do at work when I'm supposed to be working" is the title of an installation created by artist David Fullarton as his contribution to an exhibition project called Sisyphus Office, based in Houston, Texas. The artists involved in the project collaborated with businesses and offices in and around Houston throughout 2009. Organized and curated by Jonn Herschend of The Thing Quarterly, the project's stated aim was to "highlight art as an integral and necessary distraction in our day to day life,... to examine the artifice that keeps us clinging to reality and distracted from the void. Sisyphus Office is about punching the clock, and then punching it againbut harder the second time. Its about transcending the mundane through the beauty and absurdity of distraction. Its about recognizing the comedy in the tragedy of the day to day and then waking up again to do the same thing all over again the next morning."
Fullarton's exhibit was an installed in the offices of Houston radio station 90.1 KPFT. It consisted of a number of small, abject, text based works that were made entirely from office supplies. These were then pinned up randomly around the office workspace, appearing without warning amongst the notices, flyers and memos that were already existing in that environment as if surreptitiously placed there by a disgruntled and slightly deranged employee. The installation was later moved to Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum where it was installed in the admin offices in order to remain true to the original concept of having the art live in a working office environment.
You can purchase a book
containing all the works in the installation on Fullarton's Blurb page