Alison Gerber

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. 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 catalogue their labor. Coming across the book by chance, a reader would assume that the volume was meant for use by professional artists. The book has been distributed to public and academic libraries throughout the world.

Alison Gerber: Artists’ Work Classification
Publisher: Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck 2006, 120 pages, EAN 978-3902002129, Library of Congress Call Number: n7433.4.g47 a7 2006

In 2006, Alison Gerber was awarded the Stipend of the City of Innsbruck at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen.

Alison GERBER (*1979) is interested in developing strategies for working in public space and the tension between contemplation and function. She has received awards including the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art Residency and a Jerome Foundation installation commission; her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe and North America.