Buddy of Work is a New York-based blog created in 2012 and curated by Henry Samelson.
Buddy of Work focuses on artists who deviate occasionally from the work they generally do. By deviate I am referring to one-offs, anomalies, accidents, drunken lapses, drawings, photographs, journal entries, blogs, notes, poems, hobbies, commissions, etc, that don’t always have an obvious formal or thematic connection to the artist’s primary body of work or way of working. By work they generally do I mean work an artist identifies as their primary work, work they are known for making or feel driven by the market to make, a body of work they are committed to making, etc.
For example, I mainly make abstract paintings, but occasionally I draw people in the park. I am interested in what connects these two practices and why I feel compelled to draw figures in spite of my primary alliance with abstraction. Does this represent a lapse in discipline? Are the figures just fun, a hobby of sorts? Where do the two practices intersect? Must they?
I realize that the general premise of this blog begs a lot of questions about terms like “usual” and phrases like “primary body of work” as not everybody works in bodies nor places emphasis on linear trajectories within their practice.
That said, Buddy of Work sends out periodic invitations for artists to submit two images: one which represents their primary body of work; and a second, buddy image that represents a departure from their norm. The rest is open for discussion.
Henry Samelson, 2012