CHUTES AND LADDERS

1986

While several of Clark's works have pointed to the exclusions and inequities that face the less privileged entering the world of work, CHUTES AND LADDERS points out the dubious rewards of a mainstream career. This outdoor installation used billboards throughout Milwaukee to depict five typical career situations metaphorically. Each featured a stereotypical white male in a business suit, caught in a comic physical situation. For example, one billboard showed the startled man lifted high in the air by a crane that has hooked him by the suit jacket, while another showed him struggling to climb using ropes and harnesses. Distributed among neighborhoods of different economic backgrounds, the displays might be seen as sympathetically depicting the struggles of the corporate class, or as mocking this class from without.

 

BILLBOARDS

On Site: Installations, Cudahy Gallery, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

 

DOCUMENTATION

Individuals: New Art from Wisconsin, 333 Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

CATALOGUE

On Site: Installations

 

PRESS

Art appears in strange places, Milwaukee Sentinel

Exhibit gets art in the open, Milwaukee Journal

Individuals: New Art From Wisconsin, New Art Examiner

 

SUPPORT

Wisconsin Arts Board

 

AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

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