$7.25 Project (Completed in 2018)

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During my summer residency at GoggleWorks, I have decided to engage with the issues and challenges that minimum wage workers face every day. After researching about Reading, PA prior my arrival to residency, I decided to focus on immigrants from Mexico and Puerto Rico, who’s population is growing in Reading, as well as represent in this project a struggle of all people who need to meet the demands of daily needs by getting a position that often is minimum wage. In some cases, the language barrier also limits an individual’s capability to get a job in the profession they were trained, resulting in them being underemployed in low-paid positions.

For this occasion, I decided to paint one hour per day throughout my residency at GoggleWorks. Each day, the resulting painting, produced in one hour of work, will be offered for sale at $7.25, or Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.

Every day a new, original painting will be displayed from 9am to 9pm. The project will conclude on August 10th 2018, showcasing a total of 64 individual works. Each painting will only be available for purchase during its respective day on view. At the end of the project, all proceeds will be donated to the GoggleWorks’ youth scholarship fund. To purchase, visit GoggleWorks’ information desk or email me directly info@bartoszbeda.com