'Gardening Leave' is a project by Dan Rees, created specifically for Arteba, Buenos Aires. The term Gardening Leaves, alludes to the practice whereby an employee finds themselves in the situation where they are neither allowed to go in to work or start their new job; instead they have to see the remainder of their contract out at home, or in the garden.
'Gardening Leave' presents a series of new paintings displayed on clothing peg rails and hooks. By hanging the paintings on coat rails Rees refers to the idea of work and production value within painting discourse; the paintings themselves are left in a halfway state, dangling, somewhere on the way to being finished. The clothing reference that also comes with 'a coat of paint' alludes to something close to an admittance of style over substance, like designer clothing flung absentmindedly over furniture as one enters their home.