Alonso G. Smith

Time Work Scrutiny

Time Work Scrutiny
1969, oil/canvas, 34" x 26"

In meeting the demands of optimum productivity, the worker sprouts extra hands, each holding multiple pencils. A slow-working hand has been severed, but, being thoroughly conditioned, it continues to work nevertheless. A stopwatch is embedded in the worker's skull, and a toilet facility -- which measures time in blood -- eliminates lavatory breaks. Should the worker slow down, a high-voltage shock to his buttocks will speed things up again. Management consultants, with heads and genitals of brick, chronometers for eyes, and hourglasses for ears, examine the work and feed the worker intravenously with a one-calorie meal, thus avoiding a time-consuming lunch break.

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