Douglas Weathersby, whose site-specific installations are the result of everyday rituals like cleaning and home repair, has been chosen as this year's recipient of the Institute of Contemporary Art's Artist Prize. The ICA Artist Prize is given annually to a Boston artist in recognition of exceptional work produced in the last year.
Most of Weathersby's work--not unlike the cleaning he performs--is extremely impermanent, living on only as long as the optimal conditions allow or until the dust is swept up or disturbed. Because of its ephemeral nature, many of his works are documented and mediated through a variety of photographic and digital means. His exhibition at the ICA included a combination of video and live-feed images of works that Weathersby created in the museum workrooms in addition to a dust drawing created in the gallery space.
On any given Tuesday or Thursday during the run of the exhibition, Weathersby was working at the ICA and could be seen on one of the video monitors in the gallery. Additionally, Weathersby designed a sign-up station for anyone interested in using the artist's services as a way of reinforcing the entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of Environmental Services.