From the series Voice Over

by Holly Crawford

2020-04-14T0938

To be honest
He’s changing the lights every day
You’re...thanks but
that’s kind of annoying
every Sunday
I decided to have surf and turf
Sweet potatoes, Regardless
that’s also a problem
If you’re wearing a cap
on your head, I know
They don’t clean
They only watch tv
on the computer
My sister in law, hmmm
my brother’s wife
Crazy
Oh my stop
It’s a sign

# # #

from one place to
another
they like to do things
the other way around
delicious questions
repeat, key goals
new questions
Art history, single and broad
delicious ground
for now
the history of objects, reflect
other departments, common goal
shared history
delicious arrived
culturally living things
five years realized
delicious on my mind
organize, support
delicious idea, art
a thought, irrationality
repetition to extreme, twisted
delicious
are you still up town?

- New York museum, 2019

# # #

Why didn’t Jack exhibit?

Shoes, Jack shoes.
I think
he’s a black man

Molasses.

From the south

He’s a black

man.

Salt

He was a black man.

Chocolate.

He was
also a black man.

Eggshells?

He thought

Copper?

He would.

why?

He had dreams.

still exists .....we’re here.

- Jack Whitten. Exhibition, Met Breuer, New York, 2018.

# # #

To experience, best way
a verbal tour by
a curator

so

she said

- Museum, New York, 2018

# # #

I dropped my phone here
once. it’s really
nice. very dynamic
otherwise
what is this space?
there’s not much else
nose
eye
now I get it
they specialize
how long did it take
you?
and, it’s teaching them
like, how to read
a story
the light is so good
we should....
let’s go
this way
ok
look at the
TV
I’d like to go
to Venice

- Tate Modern, May 14, 2019

# # #

Of course you could have
a beef sandwich
if you
but
you might not like
three? or two ?
what did you have?
do you want to do that too?
okay
I’ll split it

- a club, London, May 12, 2019

# # #

she’s very happy
is something wrong?
no
a Spanish name?
no
is it, is it?
no, it’s French
it’s pathetic
she doesn’t respond
to anything
oh
we’ll see
I think she’ll lose her seat
we’re kissing friends
not PM material
she’s better than May
that sums it up
very scary
no ones made their minds up
Nigel’s a bit of
a demigod
I meet him
I found him charming
there you go

- Club, London 5, 13, 2019

# # #

see and enjoy
curiosity was allowed but
don’t wash your hands
cross contamination of
the arts and institutions
such a fragile tax base

- London, 5/19

# # #

that’s what happens
I’ve never seen this
this looks interesting
I don’t know
and
how easily
just to give you an idea
where shall we
where are we?

- Whitechapel, London 1/27/18

# # #

I sleep quiet a lot
he walks, every morning
he takes the train
every morning
no

your wedding
I mentioned you
at the reception
anyway

I’m thinking of a whiskey sour
just for him
remember last week
all she does is laugh
that’s what being married is about
yah

five years earlier
Thursday
whiskey and steak night
do you want to come?
he picked me up
in his gullwing
and took me to his shabby chateau

[About the author: Holly Crawford is an artist, poet, curator and art historian.]