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Episode 17: SPIN. Just like in previous offering Two media artifacts are set-beside and along-with in order to propose an in-addition-to. The sublime solo piano is an unreleased rehearsal recording that I found on some of Alton Abram’s (Sun Ra’s friend and business manager) personal tape while in residence @esschicago. The video clip, chopped and looped, was plucked from another film that I posted on this channel a few weeks back. Toni was (is) a very sweet and very tough girl. Gifted athlete, taller than all the boys her age. In my short time knowing her I never observed her being extra frilly and silly. So when I caught her twirling about in the Sun Ra cape I gave the kids to wear it pinched me somehow in the sweetest possible way. I just wanted to hold that moment of Toni-at-play forever. Sun Ra’s keyboard work does just that. The Sound Of Joy. #sunra #thesoundofjoy #blackstonebikeshop #57thstreetbeachchicago #thewayoutisthewaytwo This work first appeared in a constellation of short videos ruminating on Sun Ra’s process of Becoming in Chicago. The collection- The Way Out Is The Way Two is among my favorite bodies of work and least viewed. It’s not unusual for taste-makers and I to have very different views about what my best work is. 😆But I’m firever grateful to @juliewidholm for making the opportunity for me to make the work while she was at MCA Chicago. 🙏🏾✨🔊🧚🏾🧚🏾‍♀️🩱🐚🚴🏿‍♂️🚴🏾‍♀️🩰🎹📹🧸🎈💙🖤🤍❤️🖤💙▶️ - Cauleen Smith’s Instagram 26 June

TABLEAU I SPY:

FIRESPITTERS

Across her body of work, Smith foregrounds artists and thinkers who influence her practice, creating a communal exchange of ideas that reflects her discursive method of working. For her, these series of drawings, Firespitters, Smith invited a group of poets to send her two photographs: one in which they hold their own books, and one in which they hold the book of another poet whose work is meaningful to them.

In the drawings, she illustrates both the book covers and the hands of the poets who selected them, reflecting the embodied labour of literary production. The authors’ selections also encapsulate the notion of mutuality that is at the crux of this exhibition. For example, poet Dionne Brand is the author of The Blue Clerk, which is the selection of another invited poet, Natalie Diaz.