Over the last decade or so, office culture has provided excellent artistic fodder. In 1999’s Office Space, we lived vicariously through Peter Gibbons as he raged against the corporate machine, while two years later, Ricky Gervais brought the supremely awkward side of work to life in The Office (his version only lasted until 2003, but the Stateside adaptation is still enjoyed to this day). In 2007, Joshua Ferris’ debut novel, Then We Came to the End, sent up office culture in hilarious yet poignant fashion, winning several awards along the way. We relate all too much to the trials and tribulations of “cubiculture,” eyes stung from omnipresent fluorescent lighting, joints sore from early onset carpal tunnel syndrome. Even still, tremendously powerful art continues to be a byproduct of an efficient, albeit torturous system that makes it almost worth it, as if putting up with the lame bosses and the infinite paper cuts were simply a means to an end. In Leslie A. Brown’s “Cubicle” at Pomona’s dA Center for the Arts, painting, photography and ceramics from various artists (including Jon Ginnaty, Karen Kauffmann, Lee Tusman, Richard Corral and Michael Elder) are juxtaposed in order to examine, as she puts it, “the density of a workspace that separates the individual in his own task oriented thought processes rather than an environment that is inclusive of a community of abstract, creative thought.” Art of this caliber may just be a cure-all for a “case of the Mondays.”
Leslie A. Brown presents “Cubicle: An exhibition of art based on the confinement of cubic form” at the dA Center for the Arts, 252 S. Main St., Pomona; (909) 397-9716; www.dacenter.org. Opens Sat, Jan. 8. Thru Feb. 1.