16/09/2023 - 26/11/2023

Contemporary - Sculpture

Rafał Zajko - Clocking Off

Tue-Sun: 12-6pm

QUEERCIRCLE is pleased to present ‘Clocking Off’ by Polish artist Rafał Zajko (b.1988). The title of the exhibition references the act of “clocking out”, a practice which emerged in the early 20th century whereby employees’ ended their workdays by mechanically punching or stamping time cards. Zajko chose the synonym ‘clocking off’ to allude to the phrase “pissed off’, colloquially used to express anger or annoyance.

Suspended in the centre of the gallery will be a monumental sculptural work, Pendulum, comprising an upside-down, ribbed human figure. Reminiscent of a beehive and finished in copper and ceramic, the figure will oscillate at an unnerving pace, alluding to the motions of a grandfather clock and the modern workday: eight hours of work, eight hours of rest and eight hours of leisure.

The gallery walls will be dissected by a painted border, a further reference to the walls of the artist’s grandparents’ factory workplace. A special paint which is used to repel the dust and oil residues from workers’ hands will also be used on the gallery walls.


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