Tim and Jeremy are both waiters at a restaurant in downtown New York City. During slow times at work, to stave off boredom when it is slow, the two young men draw pictures. These pictures are made using ink and what is called the "Triple Dupe Pad," a book of paper used to place orders in the kitchen. The drawings usually take about a week to make, all the while also being used by fellow employees to take orders; this sometimes leads to other collaborators or in a couple cases, to the loss of the work. The drawings are then scanned and colored in Photoshop where they come to life in stunning technicolor! The subject matter varies from piece to piece, as they are made over a long course of time and under various moods and states of mind. They all retain a playfulness that serves as a coping mechanism after spending a night catering to the endless needs of hungry patrons.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

#36 "Composite Corpse" May 30, 2011

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It's a strange thing to think about your work when you are not there. I usually try to not think about work when I am not there. Working in a restaurant is usually a repetitive, boring, and sometimes difficult job. Thankfully, it's not a job you take home with you. The customers come in, they eat and drink, and then they go home. It's not like we have homework, or have to think about tomorrow's presentation. When everyone is gone, we are done and can go home and not worry about it anymore. So, I sometimes find it strange that I am writing about work on this here blog. I mean, Tim and I draw all the drawings you see here at work and then I take them home and color them. I rarely think about the restaurant when I am coloring them in my home, because I am thinking about what color is appropriate and all that other jazz that goes into a "painting." Most of the time, the drawing is very bizarre anyway and doesn't resemble anything that actually happens at the restaurant unless you look into the emotional side of the drawings, then you see a spectrum of emotions that happen to everyone at work. From frazzled to content, almost all these drawings have the full spectrum of the work days emotional journey. From there, you could look at these drawings as a metaphor of the work day. Everyone works, except the people who don't, and so (almost) everyone knows what goes into the days work. In that case, everyone who sees these drawings and knows that they were done while on the clock should be able to relate to them on that level. The problem with that is that you can't tell people how to look at things unless it's a very specific way of looking at something, like telling them to look at it upside down with one eye open and hopping on one arm. I don't want anyone to look at these like that, as it would prove uncomfortable and they would eventually get angry and not want to look anymore. It would be cool for everyone to look at them as a metaphor of their own work day. So all the opticians in the house would be thinking, "Oh yeah, that's just like my appointment with Mr. Solcheck earlier today." Or all the Housekeepers at the Marriot would be thinking, "My goodness, the last couple of hours at the hotel were pretty much similar to this drawing." That would be cool, although I think it's pretty far fetched; I feel like most people look at these and think to themselves, "These guys should lay off the drugs."

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