Workburger, PF review

From the people who bring you Stripburger comes Workburger, an international roster of talent delivering their highly variegated interpretations of what the term “work” means. This is work in all its forms and meanings, as it’s transitioned from an act of daily survival, to an expression of self-identity, to a now ubiquitous aspect of existence that many can no longer separate from their leisure time. There are 43 pieces contained in this anthology and the standouts for me include the following… Martin Romero of Spain uses fine lines sans dialogue to emphasize that work is all a matter of context, so keeping an eye toward unintended consequences is key. Marcel Ruijters of The Netherlands uses skeletal reapers and copious ink to bring an alt-history lesson about the fundamental nature of work. Mateusz Skutnik & Szymon Holcman from Poland offer one of them most memorable visual experiences in the book, with an industrial ethic and aesthetic that shine a smoggy light on man’s plight in the working world. Arkadi of Germany composes a long treatise that functions as something of a centerpiece, a sort of off-kilter epic fraught with the dangers of materialism. Peter Kuper (USA) is always worth a look, and here he examines where power resides in the system, and takes it a step further to show that he who holds power also helps shape history. Teresa Camara Pestana of Portugal adds life to the proceedings with an autobiographical entry that has an artistic style both slick and visceral, which transcends its quotidian leanings with lyrical power about the tension in social circles. Janek Koza of Poland blurs the line between physical and personality traits showing the impactful nature of their emotional power. The book ends with Danijel Zezelj of Croatia, depicting a future landscape featuring a post-apocalyptic rise of the workers, because nothing can function without the backbone of the largely nameless faceless working class in many systems. By the time you get to the end, you see the corrolary of a creation myth. It’s iconic, memorable, and a great piece to end the experience with. Grade B+.

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