Chisenhale Editions

Janice Kerbel
Kill the Workers! 2011

Kill the Workers! 2011
Three-colour screen print on Cyclus Offset 170gsm paper
43 x 27.2 cm
Edition of 30 + 5AP


Chisenhale Gallery presents a major new commission by Janice Kerbel. Described by Kerbel as ‘a play for stage lights’, Kill the Workers! (2011) takes its cue from dramatic narrative but is executed solely by theatrical lighting.

Following the conventions and mechanics of stage lighting and dramatic genres and forms, Kerbel has written a cue script for lights in the vein of a mythic odyssey. Dramatic tension and plot progression are conveyed through changes in the intensity, colour, pattern and direction of the stage lights. The work consists only of a lighting rig and the lights become both characters enacting scenes and technicians responsible for conjuring atmosphere.

To accompany her exhibition Janice Kerbel has produced a limited edition screen print which references the cover of Playbill, a monthly US magazine for theatre-goers, established in New York in 1884 and used to promote Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

Janice Kerbel (born 1969, Canada) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Art Club of Chicago, Chicago; i8 Gallery, Reykjavik; Kill the Workers, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (all 2012); Kill the workers, Chisenhale Gallery, London; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsrhue (2011); See it Now, Art Now, Tate Britain (2010); greengrassi, London (2009); Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Canada (2009); Remarkable, Frieze Art Fair Projects (2007). Selected group exhibitions include Conjuring for Beginners, Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Kerbel, Lloyd, Otto-Knapp, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (all 2012); People Things Exit Enter, Catriona Jeffries, Vancover (2011); Best Laid Plans, Drawing Room, London; Cactus Craze, Kunstwerke, Berlin; Map Marathon: Maps for the 21st Century, Serpentine Gallery London (all 2010); Poor. Old. Tired. Horse., ICA, London (2009); Gartenstadt, Kunstverein Hildesheim (2009); Magic, Hayward Gallery Touring (2009); 1st at Moderna, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2006). Her book, 15 Lombard St (2000), is published by Book Works, London.

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