Artists’ Work Classification

Since 2004 Alison Gerber has been researching and documenting artists’ work in order to create a classification system for the labor of artists. In her work, she is interested in the ideas and assumptions that a viewer could come to when confronted with a new artifact. In this project, Gerber explores positivism and professionalization, the relationships between contemporary art and other disciplinary fields, and the ambivalent processes of making the unseen visible. In the framework of her fellowship, she has produced a book outlining the artists’ work classification, laid out for use by artists in order to catalog their labor. A reader, coming across the book by chance, would assume that the book was meant for use by professional artists. The book is being distributed to public and academic libraries throughout the world.