La mano invisible (The Invisible Hand) is Patrick Hamilton’s first solo show at the Baginski Gallery and takes its title from the literary Novel by Isaac Rosa, which references the term coined by Adam Smith in the middle of the XVIII century. The concept of “invisible hand”, considered one of the pillars of classic liberalism, is a metaphor for the self-regulating skills of the free market in which, through “rational egoism” and an “empathic” ability, common society’s wellbeing would be achieved. On the other hand, Issac Rosa romance narrates the condition of a labor (and worker) world, which feeds a virtual and material construction inherent to our current society, where are highly deteriorated labor conditions, as well as unemployment, result in a decline of living standards and malaise in a socio-economical context clearly in crisis.
In the exhibition, Hamilton shows a series of works that directly refer to the world of working precariat, suggesting labor in its most elemental sense: the handwork – repetitive, mechanical and alienating. From a position of “artist-builder”, Hamilton creates his works using sandpaper, spatulas, gloves and bricklayer tools that, besides denoting the crisis situation at the labor sector, constitute a formal point-of-view, of artistic expression, about the already mentioned phenomenon. These works, not only reflect upon the moment in which they were produced as they also serve as a testimony of our times.