The figures of Brandt Eisner and Susan Malmstrom’s collaborative exhibition Odd Jobs labor at their occupations in distorted, hyperreal settings. For each image, the artists offer their take on what troubling dreams these characters – all of whom are portrayed by Eisner – might experience. In addition to their own occupational hazards, the characters also face various social and environmental disasters that currently confront waking life in contemporary society. Eisner is known throughout the Halifax region for his whimsical, sometimes over-the-top wearable art, a skill used to produce the characters for each image. Malmstrom, who edited the work using digital media, has concentrated on photography and installation for 25+ years. Odd Jobs is the first collaborative effort between the artists, who consider the series a work in progress.
The third installation of this series was on view in 2019 at MMFI Gallery at the Marigold Cultural Center in Truro, NS. Brandt and I originally received funding for the series from Arts Nova Scotia in 2014, and the NS Art Bank purchased two works for its collection in 2015.