By exploring work produced by our vanguard community, BROODWORK has discovered numerous themes that often characterize and connect our large and diverse group of practitioners. The exhibition BROODWORK: It's About Time at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is a pivotal part of a series of installations and events in our 2011 investigation of one of the most recurring themes, Time.
BROODWORK: It’s About Time delineates the subjective, relativistic and multi-directional nature of time through Juncture (intersecting timelines), Interval (a defined length of time), Occasion (an instant), Momentum (an occasion that carries forward infinitely), and Expansion (interwoven infinities).
Our collaboration itself exists at the great JUNCTURE of creative practice and family life. As a marker of time, the inter-generational nature of family originates a new awareness of mortality and how the past continues to affect the present. Conversely, parents also reexamine their own development by assuming the newfound responsibility of fostering another’s childhood. By adopting the unique juncture of this universal experience of parenting with the specific constraints of creative practice, today’s creative parent navigates a dynamic environment rife with dynamic possibilities.
Changes in methodology within the creative practices reflect research from the Families and Work Institute, which reports that families today spend significantly more time with their children than even a decade ago: creative work often gets produced in small increments of time, and made collaboratively. Thematically, work is often thought of within a larger timeline and ethical issues become a focus.
Within BROODWORK, time exists at episodic junctures of the personal, communal, and global. It follows that although BROODWORK cannot be classified along lines of gender, content or medium, there exists a juncture that contextualizes an investment in the future with exacting honesty and humility.