Jason Wright; Visions of the Drive-thru Warrior, a Collaboration; 2/2009

watch me swim, watch me float
it's coming along, six here, six there
intense red -
hate
silver paint for the blimp
makes you think it's nothing
what is the most extreme
ass
paint it black
whatever,
I gotta have a song
johnny got his leaf-blower

- Frank Dixon

In addition to the usual themes that pop up in my work, this exhibit was conceived and produced in response to a story by Frank Dixon, Watch Me Swim, which I received as an anonymous submission to Swipple. I have yet to receive any further information regarding this story or its author, but the text, and the anonymous gesture of its submission, struck a chord with me, and as I began work on this show, it became a guiding source. Watch Me Swim seems based upon a fragmentary and imperfect logic, interested as much in shooting its own foot as in blowing its own horn. Characters emerge, only to disappear and never be heard from again. Myopic farmers, dolphin-headed sweethearts, and benevolent drug-addled visionaries seem to jostle for attention, only to disappear along with everything else. However unlikely a source of inspiration this imperfect and anonymous text might have been for some, it resonated with me. And as I made the work for this show, my conceptual orientation began to shift, undermining the relatively hermetic process that has characterized my work of recent years. Rather than relying on a self-reflective and cyclical internal logic, in this exhibit my work has been redirected outward, focused instead on translation and interpretation. As a result, the show is a collaboration of sorts, a series of conversations between omnipresent artist and anonymous author.

A full copy of the text is available here.

This is a snippet of the tape-loop that was playing on the stereo in the teepee:

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