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(via Unemployment as Artwork)
WASHINGTON, DC — In a tiny storefront in DC’s Shaw neighborhood, Paul Shortt grimaces as his gray dress pants rip along the seams. They’re clearly inadequate for his large, bearlike figure, but he loops a belt through and leaves the pants unbuttoned. As a metronome beats faster and faster, Shortt sighs and sweats as he pulls on more ill-fitting business casual clothing. His dress shirt makes ripping noises when he moves his arms. His sports jacket refuses to close. Shortt completes the exercise with a tiny clip-on tie, takes one last tragic glimpse in the mirror, and trudges out of the frame, presumably off to work.
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(via Unemployment as Artwork)

WASHINGTON, DC — In a tiny storefront in DC’s Shaw neighborhood, Paul Shortt grimaces as his gray dress pants rip along the seams. They’re clearly inadequate for his large, bearlike figure, but he loops a belt through and leaves the pants unbuttoned. As a metronome beats faster and faster, Shortt sighs and sweats as he pulls on more ill-fitting business casual clothing. His dress shirt makes ripping noises when he moves his arms. His sports jacket refuses to close. Shortt completes the exercise with a tiny clip-on tie, takes one last tragic glimpse in the mirror, and trudges out of the frame, presumably off to work.

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From “Ain’t Nothing but a Man”; courtesy the National Archives, by Palmer Hayden (via). 
 
The idea of labor in my mind often evokes antiquated images and stories of people working hard on major constructions, such as cross-country railroads, and folklore legend John Henry and his superhuman strength exemplifies that concept. This painting depicts his glorious death, moments after he beat a steam drill in a race to tunnel through a mountain.

From “Ain’t Nothing but a Man”; courtesy the National Archives, by Palmer Hayden (via).

The idea of labor in my mind often evokes antiquated images and stories of people working hard on major constructions, such as cross-country railroads, and folklore legend John Henry and his superhuman strength exemplifies that concept. This painting depicts his glorious death, moments after he beat a steam drill in a race to tunnel through a mountain.