New L.A. Exhibit Speaks About Worker’s Rights
by: Robin Newman
September 28, 2012
Andrea Bowers presents a new body of work in her exhibit “Help the Work Along.”
A sculpture echoing activist activity runs the length of the gallery. It is made of a series of tables spread with worker’s rights brochures and flyers. The sculpture works both as an archive of these pamphlets and a way for them to reach art viewers and patrons.
A selection of videos documenting aspects of recent Los Angeles protests are played on the walls above the tables. A series of colorful text based drawings are seen, representative of political signage. They are, in fact, reproductions of graphics Bowers is developing for the Dream Act movement: a series of three large scale drawings made on collaged card board with a dominant presence. These drawings revive past political graphics, such as the worker’s holiday May Day. A series of smaller photo-realistic drawings show women holding protest signs.
Andrea Bowers’ “Help the Work Along” runs through October 20th, 2012 at Susan Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects 6006 Washington BlvdCulver City, CA 90232