Quit Your Job
Greg Lundgren, founder, Artists for a Work Free America, explains why.
Interviewed by Sarah Kavage and Anne Elizabeth Moore
During an art opening in the late winter of the year 2001, Seattle-based artist and urban planner Sarah Kavage suggested that Seattle-based writer Anne Elizabeth Moore meet someone named Greg Lundgren. "He's a genius," she said by way of introduction. Between the two of us we know loads of geniuses, so this is hardly a distinguishing characteristic.
Up With Roaches: Vital 5 Productions
LUNDGREN: ... [Gesturing.] That's our bar, it works really well for serving beer and wine -- you could drive a car in here, these both open up. We drove a hearse in here for our Halloween party. This is the store -- which we need products for. These are our AFWFA shirts that eventually we'll sell, but right now it's just a matter of getting the word out. I've made about 500 T-shirts, maybe a little bit more. What all of these racks are going to hold are cans of soup that artists take the labels off of, and they make their own labels. Jason Puccinelli's doing one: Kidney Stone Soup. You know, things that are just terrible. I'm making Roach Party, where you just cut the lid off and tip it on its side and leave it on your kitchen floor. [Laughter.] 'Cause, you know, roaches have a really hard life and, once in a while you should just let 'em party.Then we'll make color Xeroxes of them and have soup cans, you'll have bleach bottles and all these different products. It's a mockery of art as a commodity. Like most galleries are, you know, it's like a Gap store.
Day Jobs Kill Dreams: Artists For a Work-Free America
Are you ready to put on your quack hat?