Working at one of the premier ramen restaurants in NYC, we are two studio artists whose lives have been infiltrated by our day jobs. We are surrounded by ramen, we live and work with ramen, and our professional and personal lives are overlapping. Work done out of necessity to survive in this city is also transmogrifying into work produced out of creativity.
“Yonmachi” is a code word coined exclusively by the managers that has no real meaning in the Japanese language we are trained to learn within the restaurant. It means “to be waiting on a customer in the bathroom [for a ramen dish to be fired from the kitchen]”, signifying a sense of anticipation (or impatience) from the employee’s perspective. This anticipatory "yonmachi" parallels the waiting game felt in such a place of labor, turning the workplace into a purgatory, an in-between void before any kind of creative work can be pursued. We aim to highlight this omnipresent ramen reality of labor, through our frenetic mark-making and unique collaboration.
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