Jeffrey Schultz – I. Western Man

Jeffrey Schultz

I. Western Man

 

Because his existence is doom,
At the end of it I will,
After I preside first
Over the solemn burials
Of my human
And animal beloved,
After we have
All of us beyond a doubt
Witnessed this
The end of this,
The frogs gone
And the bats
And more then
Than could ever be accounted,
More still so now:
A machine for the accounting
And the thin whine of hunger
Both in the land and thereupon it,
After all of this, at the end of it
I will, having years
Before used his wealth
To get us safe to this hiding hill,
Will, after life is over,
Fell these woods I call my own
And build myself
Of them a great pyre
And lying upon it
Set it alight, give over
To fire, give what
Of me might raze
The seas’ hypoxic remainder,
Make death of it, just like
His stupid heroes did.

 

Jeffrey Schultz’s artist statement:

Title of series: Fifteen Variations on Themes from Levis.
In a series of fifteen brief variations, Schultz will meditate on a number of themes–some of them poorly recalled from memory, some of them badly obscured or poorly understood–from Levis’s work.

Anthony Cody – Everywhere I sleep, 7 of 15

Anthony Cody

Everywhere I sleep, I see Dust Bowl (7 of 15)

Multimedia collage, "from Dorothea Lange’s photograph “Highway City, California, near Fresno. See general caption. ... (May 1939)"

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Anthony Cody’s artist statement:

For 15 consecutive nights, in the summer of 2019, I would scour the public domain for images and sounds related to the Dust Bowl era. Very often, I would return to the imagery of Dorothea Lange in her efforts to document the Dust Bowl via the Farm Security Administration. My final waking moments of each day were centered on meditating upon my discoveries, and each morning I’d awaken, have a cup of coffee, and construct a poem. As an homage to the series, I decided I would create each poem on a 15 inch by 15 inch page. The series centers around my current work, which focuses upon the Dust Bowl, climate change, whiteness, capitalism, and technology.

Anthony Cody – Everywhere I sleep, 6 of 15

Anthony Cody

Everywhere I sleep, I see Dust Bowl (6 of 15)

Multimedia collage, "from Dorothea Lange’s photograph 'Migrants’ tents are a common sight along the right of way of the Southern Paci c. Near Fresno, California.' (February 1939)"

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Anthony Cody’s artist statement:

For 15 consecutive nights, in the summer of 2019, I would scour the public domain for images and sounds related to the Dust Bowl era. Very often, I would return to the imagery of Dorothea Lange in her efforts to document the Dust Bowl via the Farm Security Administration. My final waking moments of each day were centered on meditating upon my discoveries, and each morning I’d awaken, have a cup of coffee, and construct a poem. As an homage to the series, I decided I would create each poem on a 15 inch by 15 inch page. The series centers around my current work, which focuses upon the Dust Bowl, climate change, whiteness, capitalism, and technology.

Anthony Cody – Everywhere I sleep, 5 of 15

Anthony Cody

Everywhere I sleep, I see Dust Bowl (5 of 15)

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Multimedia collage, "Interview about dust storms, sleet storms, and tall stories (part 2 of 2)"

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Anthony Cody’s artist statement:

For 15 consecutive nights, in the summer of 2019, I would scour the public domain for images and sounds related to the Dust Bowl era. Very often, I would return to the imagery of Dorothea Lange in her efforts to document the Dust Bowl via the Farm Security Administration. My final waking moments of each day were centered on meditating upon my discoveries, and each morning I’d awaken, have a cup of coffee, and construct a poem. As an homage to the series, I decided I would create each poem on a 15 inch by 15 inch page. The series centers around my current work, which focuses upon the Dust Bowl, climate change, whiteness, capitalism, and technology.

Anthony Cody – Everywhere I sleep, 4 of 15

Anthony Cody

Everywhere I sleep, I see Dust Bowl (4 of 15)

Multimedia collage, "In the new America"

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Anthony Cody’s artist statement:

For 15 consecutive nights, in the summer of 2019, I would scour the public domain for images and sounds related to the Dust Bowl era. Very often, I would return to the imagery of Dorothea Lange in her efforts to document the Dust Bowl via the Farm Security Administration. My final waking moments of each day were centered on meditating upon my discoveries, and each morning I’d awaken, have a cup of coffee, and construct a poem. As an homage to the series, I decided I would create each poem on a 15 inch by 15 inch page. The series centers around my current work, which focuses upon the Dust Bowl, climate change, whiteness, capitalism, and technology.