Pleasant Plains Workshop

In Essentially Qualified the artist Paul Shortt explores the contradictions inherent in being qualified for employment without the hands­ on experience necessary to land a job. Through video, sculpture, and a re-imagining of the standard resume format, the artist attempts to play, antagonize and reflect on what it means to enter the labor force.
Highlights of this exhibition will be Please Congratulate Me, an enlarged sculpture of a graduation tassel that will be hung from the building and Intern as Art, a performance piece in the form of a hired an intern who is paid to gallery sit, search for more permanent employment online, and enthusiastically engage with gallery visitors about works in the show.