Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cubicle Still Life

A black and white study in the life of the modern cube dweller, taken as we in CubeWorld waited to be released early in litigious fear of Tropical Storm Fay, lest an employee run his car into a ditch on the way home and blame his evil corporate masters for making him stay at work when it was raining a little harder than normal.

A review of the photograph:

In the antiseptic style characteristic of this sort of work, Jetpacks takes us into the typical and retreaded "misery of the cubicle," where it's all wires and buttons, chrome and plastic. A pair of sunglasses suggests the longing for the outdoors and fresh air, while a small fan, ridiculously (or more likely in the mind of the artist, "rebelliously") labeled "fake wind," provides some small semblance of nature. An older model cell phone lets us know (without any attempt at subtlety) that the artist is either stuck in the past or can't afford an iPhone.

For all its overbearing and fervent striving at importance, "Cubicle Still Life" is neither remarkable nor poignant, and calls to mind the photography of impoverished street children who are given disposable cameras for some do-gooder PBS special, randomly and haphazardly taking pictures of nothing.

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  • don't understand the calculator. are you writing for an accounting firm?

    By Blogger HighJive, at August 19, 2008 at 8:34 PM  

  • Man's gotta have a calculator, HJ. Figuring times for videos. Computation of hours. Figuring out how much your cubemates owe you on the football bets, etc.

    (Actually, just one of those leftover freebies that the last cube dweller didn't take with him.)

    By Blogger Jetpacks, at August 19, 2008 at 8:48 PM  

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