Punch the Clock…In the Mouth

Over at Alibi.com’s blog, I found a really interesting piece about an artist’s collaboration in Houston called Sisyphus Office.

The goal was for local artists to visit offices and leave behind humorous and interesting art created entirely from office supplies.

On the whole, this is something I can completely get behind. No one likes a boring office, and all the paperclips in the world aren’t going to make a humdrum day any more fun, until you put some creativity behind them.

According to the project’s website and its organizer, David Fullarton:

Sisyphus Office is an exhibition organized by San Francisco based artist, curator, and co-founder of The Thing Quarterly, Jonn Herschend and based out of Skydive, a Houston, Texas gallery.

The artists involved in the project are collaborating with businesses and offices in and around Houston in order to highlight art as an integral and necessary distraction in our day to day life. The artists and offices involved in Sisyphus Office are working physically and conceptually with the notions of existentialism, capitalism, artistic romanticism and deadpan slapstickism as a means 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 again…but harder the second time.

It’s about transcending the mundane through the beauty and absurdity of distraction. It’s 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.

I encourage more people to take a stab at making their office a little more surreal. Hopefully this project can be an inspiration.

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