Art Work is a newspaper that consists of writings and images from artists, activists, writers, critics, and others on the topic of working within depressed economies and how that impacts artistic process, compensation and artistic property.
The newspaper is distributed for free at sites and from people throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. It is also available by mail order from Half Letter Press for the cost of postage.
The 40-page newspaper features the writings, images, and work of Julia Bryan-Wilson, Holland Cotter, Tim Kerr, Nance Klehm, Harrell Fletcher, Futurefarmers, Robin Hewlett, Nicolas Lampert, Lize Mogel, Dan S. Wang, Gregory Sholette, Dylan A.T. Miner, Christina Ulke and Marc Herbst of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, OurGoods, Chris Burden, Scott Berzofsky, John Duda, InCUBATE, Linda Frye Burnham, ILSSA, Cooley Windsor, Brian Holmes, Nick Tobier, Lolita Hernandez, Stacy Malasky, Nate Mullen, Aaron Timlin, Harold Jefferies, W&N, Damon Rich, Teaching Artist Union, FEAST, 16 Beaver Group, W.A.G.E., Chris Kennedy, Nato Thompson, Carolina Caycedo, Guerrilla Art Action Group, Anthony Elms, Adam Trowbridge, Jessica Westbrook, and many other artists, art workers, curators, interns, volunteers, writers, and activists.
This website features the full content of the newspaper. There is also extra bonus writing that did not fit in the print version.
You can download the newspaper itself from this website here. There are several different versions available for different kinds of printing situations and an e-book version for viewing on digital reading devices.
Documentation from related events and exhibitions nationwide that are planned in conjunction with this project is viewable here.
We invite you to use this newspaper as an exhibition, to host a discussion, to program an event, use it in your classroom or curricula, or just tell us what you think! We encourage you to reprint and reproduce copies of the newspaper and articles on this website as long as you credit the original source as well as Art Work.
We envision this website to also work as a place for you to connect with others concerned with art and the economy. Please use the resources available here and comment freely on the articles.
Email us at if you would like to add your own Personal Economy to the conversation online or with any other comments or questions.
Temporary Services is Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. We are based in Illinois and have existed, with several changes in membership and structure, since 1998. We produce exhibitions, events, projects, and publications. In 2008 Temporary Services initiated Half Letter Press, a publishing imprint and an experimental online store.
Temporary Services would like to thank all the people that helped bring this paper into being. This paper would not have been possible without the monetary, editorial, web development, and networking support of SPACES in Cleveland and the great people there, especially Christopher Lynn, Nicole Edwards, Marilyn Simmons, and Sarah Hoyt. Art Work is funded in part by Lauren Rich Fine & Gary Geller and the John P. Murphy Foundation.
We would like to give special thanks to the following people for sharing their contacts with us in many parts of the country: Ryan Griffis, Robin Hewlett, Tim Ivison, Gene Ray, Matthew Rana, Scott Rigby, Sarah Ross, Paul Sargent, Gregory Sholette, Daniel Tucker, Rebecca Uchill, Dan S. Wang, and Kate Watson.
Thank you to everyone who is helping distribute the paper, making exhibitions, and holding discussions.