As an exploration in empathy and compassion building, artist David Rohn will serve you hors d’oeuvres at the opening and pick up your empty glass dressed as a catering waitress, performing one of his many cast of characters for In Service | Out Of Service. By claiming that he is currently on duty, Rohn questions the role of labor in art and which services are rendered unseen. He demonstrates that no one role should be taken for granted in a social situation as he activates our historic library at the Art and Culture Center with warmth and kindness, offering food which would otherwise be set on a table.
Rohn chooses to be an active participant and weave together narratives at every stage in the exhibition process. His role as performer is one of honoring those who are currently in service as well as those who’ve been dismissed and marginalized. His subjects include a car mechanic, Home Depot store clerk, a hotel housekeeper, security guard, hospital attendant, waitress, cable installer, among others.
“I started photographing myself as service workers back in 2013 when I began to feel that America’s working class is sort of invisible to society, especially in our art world, which can be so inward-looking and self-referential.” , Rohn states
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