Industry of the Ordinary. Tender ($1 bill), 2005; paper pulped from a bible and graphite;
Match of the Day II, (Industry of the Ordinary, as Old God and Young God, play table football, first to 100 goals, on the promontory point by North Avenue beach) 2005, documentation of performance
Secure (Industry of the Ordinary invite the security personnel of the Chicago Cultural Center to participate in a group portrait), 2007
Bob Kling and Industry of the Ordinary, Obama Butter Bust
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
Formed in 2003, Industry of the Ordinary is made up of Adam Brooks, an artist, curator and educator and Matthew Wilson, an artist and educator. Brooks and Wilson were raised in England but have been living and working in Chicago for many years. While their work takes many forms, it is largely performative, seeking to engage the viewer as an inclusive display. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi showcases work drawn from more than 80 different Industry of the Ordinary projects, including objects, photos and video documentation.
They have solicited a number of Chicago-based artists to be included in their show, creating their portrait in a wide variety of media. They will also produce Everyone 2012, an animated scroll listing of all of the artists in Chicago. Through sculpture, text, photography, video, sound and performance, Industry of the Ordinary are dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the customary, the everyday and the usual. Their emphasis is on challenging pejorative notions of the ordinary and, in doing so, moving beyond the quotidian.