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Counting the Hours - Opening Reception

  • Code and Canvas 151 Potrero Ave San Francisco United States (map)

Counting the Hours, a new exhibition from artist Sawyer Rose and The Carrying Stones Project, shines a light on the systemic and pervasive inequalities that working women face, including the physical, emotional, and practical effects of these disproportionate labor loads. The artworks in this show portray the deeply personal work stories of a diverse group of women and are accompanied by the data that tells a bigger story. The women profiled are a mix of ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, occupations, and socio-economic statuses.

Rose uses a unique combination of art and science to communicate her findings about women’s work. Her large-scale installation sculptures in Counting the Hours are built using real-life work data collected from female-identifying workers from all walks of life and from across the U.S. Participants record their work hours, paid and unpaid. Then,

Rose translates each subject’s hours into a data visualization sculpture that helps viewers better understand the vast number of hours each woman logs at her paid job and at her un-paid home or volunteer job.

Once a woman’s data sculpture is complete, Rose takes the storytelling a step further by taking a photographic portrait of each woman lifting and carrying her sculpture, bearing the burden of her hours in a real and physical way.

The Counting the Hours exhibition also features a new series of wall works that uses data visualization to help explain some of the most hotly debated current labor issues: the gender pay gap, unequal representation of women in leadership positions, and the “double burden” of women in the workforce who are also caregivers.

FREE ADMISSION