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Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork

Nov 18, 2010–Feb 13, 2011

The Installation of workworkworkworkwork
at New York’s Astor Place

Charles Ledray (b. 1960), workworkworkworkwork, 1991 (detail). 588 objects: Fabric, thread, cotton batting, yarn, embroidery floss, nylon cord, carpet, leather, wood, metal, foil, metal chain, wire, nails, porcelain, pumice, beads, buttons, cardboard, corrugated cardboard, paper, magic marker, paint, approximately 45 feet long x 10 in x 2in. (13.7 m x 25.4 cm x 5 cm). Private Collection, Houston, TX
Charles Ledray (b. 1960), workworkworkworkwork, 1991 (detail). 588 objects: Fabric, thread, cotton batting, yarn, embroidery floss, nylon cord, carpet, leather, wood, metal, foil, metal chain, wire, nails, porcelain, pumice, beads, buttons, cardboard, corrugated cardboard, paper, magic marker, paint, approximately 45 feet long x 10 in x 2in. (13.7 m x 25.4 cm x 5 cm). Private Collection, Houston, TX
Charles Ledray (b. 1960), workworkworkworkwork, 1991 (detail). 588 objects: Fabric, thread, cotton batting, yarn, embroidery floss, nylon cord, carpet, leather, wood, metal, foil, metal chain, wire, nails, porcelain, pumice, beads, buttons, cardboard, corrugated cardboard, paper, magic marker, paint, approximately 45 feet long x 10 in x 2in. (13.7 m x 25.4 cm x 5 cm). Private Collection, Houston, TX
Charles Ledray (b. 1960), workworkworkworkwork, 1991 (detail). 588 objects: Fabric, thread, cotton batting, yarn, embroidery floss, nylon cord, carpet, leather, wood, metal, foil, metal chain, wire, nails, porcelain, pumice, beads, buttons, cardboard, corrugated cardboard, paper, magic marker, paint, approximately 45 feet long x 10 in x 2in. (13.7 m x 25.4 cm x 5 cm). Private Collection, Houston, TX
Charles Ledray (b. 1960), workworkworkworkwork, 1991 (detail). 588 objects: Fabric, thread, cotton batting, yarn, embroidery floss, nylon cord, carpet, leather, wood, metal, foil, metal chain, wire, nails, porcelain, pumice, beads, buttons, cardboard, corrugated cardboard, paper, magic marker, paint, approximately 45 feet long x 10 in x 2in. (13.7 m x 25.4 cm x 5 cm). Private Collection, Houston, TX
Charles Ledray (b. 1960), workworkworkworkwork, 1991 (detail). 588 objects: Fabric, thread, cotton batting, yarn, embroidery floss, nylon cord, carpet, leather, wood, metal, foil, metal chain, wire, nails, porcelain, pumice, beads, buttons, cardboard, corrugated cardboard, paper, magic marker, paint, approximately 45 feet long x 10 in x 2in. (13.7 m x 25.4 cm x 5 cm). Private Collection, Houston, TX

These photographs document the original installation of Charles LeDray’sworkworkworkworkwork in the summer of 1991. For this installation, nearly six hundred precisely fashioned miniature objects created by the artist were layed out on a sidewalk in the center of New York’s Astor Place. Inspired by the itinerant street vendors that flooded the city’s streets during this era, LeDray created tiny versions of the kinds of secondhand items typically sold in these spontaneous sidewalk exchanges. The objects on display—clothing, housewares, jewelry, magazines, books, and artwork—each evoke a unique, personal backstory regarding their previous owners. The “work” in LeDray’s repetitious title can function as either a noun or verb, reflecting the vast amount of objects, the lengthy and laborious task of creating them, or the basic need to labor in order to survive.