Location: Los Angeles
BROODWORK is the name of our collaborative inquiry, existing at the juncture of creative practice and family life. We founded this cross-disciplinary art and design project to explore the previously unspoken community of creative practitioners whose work realized an unexpected perspectival shift after becoming parents.
By exploring the work produced by its vanguard community, BROODWORK has discovered numerous themes that often characterize and connect our large and diverse group of practitioners. One of the most recurring is Time.
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Within BROODWORK time is personal, communal, and global. As a marker of time, the inter-generational nature of family comes with a new awareness of mortality and how the past continues to affect the present. Creative parents today also reexamine their own development by assuming the newfound responsibility of fostering another’s childhood. Changes in methodology within the creative practices reflect research from the Families and Work Institute, which reports that families today spend significantly more time with their children than even a decade ago: creative work often gets produced in small increments of time, and made collaboratively. Thematically, work is often thought of within a larger timeline and ethical issues become a focus.
BROODWORK: Marking Time delineates themes within time through works that explore the process of making: Laura Purdy rips and Garnet Hertz waxes at Juncture (intersecting timelines); John Hall speaks of Interval (a defined length of time); Elise Co and Nikita Pashencov, and Greg Lynn celebrate Occasion (an instant); Mark Newport enlaces through Momentum (an occasion that carries forward infinitely); and JEFF&GORDON draw upon the Expansion (interwoven infinities). We identified these specific topics because they most addressed the subjective and relativistic nature of time. Time is an anti-hierarchical force with a multi-directional nature.