Time Time and a Half, is an installation of kinetic sculpture, large-scale photography, and stone, which playfully re-imagines 19th century realist painter Gustave Courbet’s 1849 work, The Stone breakers.
Courbet is most notably associated with the realist movement in the history of art. As a movement, Realism was not necessarily driven by a desire to create an impressive painted illusion. Courbet specifically attempted to represent the concrete reality of the time. In, The Stone Breakers, the social context is laid bare. For the figures in this painting, it was a reality of strenuous labor; of toil and tattered clothes.
Unfortunately, after being destroyed in WWII, Courbet’s work no longer exists. On the scale of the original painting, Time Time and a Half attempts to reproduce, The Stonebreaker’s, 169 years into the future. Now, though, the original figures are replaced with pneumatic machines.
As the title implies, Time Time and a Half, refers to the increased hourly wage awarded to employees working overtime or on holiday. In an increasingly mechanized culture, Time Time and a Half, is an investigation of the value of labor, and an attempt to reconsider the bottom line.