In a refreshing change of pace, the gallery is presenting People Who Work Here, a group show featuring pieces by its staff members, all art insiders by definition, but whose points of view range far beyond what's commercially saleable. While there is no theme or concept, most of these works have an inward and personal sensibility, from people who love making art just for the sake of it.
The figurative and abstract works include a wide range of media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation. The most beguiling pieces have a handcrafted feel, sort of like outsider art from an insider's perspective.
James Morrill and Chris Rawson, co-directors of Rawson Projects, are employees of David Zwirner and curated the exhibition. According to Morrill:
A lot of art handlers and other people who work here had started to develop reputations even outside emerging areas in their own right. Everyone at the gallery was aware of it and happy for their success. I think there's a lot of support here, and understanding and respect for people who are working in addition to what their normal jobs are.It's gratifying to note that the works have been selling briskly, no doubt due to the high profile of the gallery.
The show will be on view until August 10, 2012. I hope other venues around town take up a similar idea and showcase their own hidden talent.
Ben Berlow, Untitled, 2009, Acrylic and gouache on paper 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches (29.8 x 22.2 cm)
More images here.