As an art fixer, Doug Weathersby preps a gallery before an artist arrives, builds and repairs pedestals, shelves and anything else the artist needs. He’s a jack-of-all-trades for artists and curators. Heck, he’ll even wash the cars of patrons inside the gallery during the show. It’ll take about three hours (and $75), but at the end you’ll have a creatively clean car, a series of 5×7 photographs and a video log of the washing/project. Just hope the show inside is as good.
Weathersby’s company is called EnvironMENTAL SerVICES. It’s based in Medford, Massachusetts, but he goes all over for contracted work, which often doubles as subject matter for his own artwork. Much of his photography is taken on-the-job (paint sheds, Dumpsters, gallery closets). Then, using an inkjet printer, he adds a poetic to-do list and a short journal entry. The effect is both personal and professional, a mash-up that’s increasingly the way life is, and art, too.