Gavin Brown

Avery Singer

Days of the Weak (computer pain)

04 Mar - 22 Apr 2018

Installation view
AVERY SINGER
Days of the Weak (computer pain)
4 March – 22 April 2018

STRETCHING IT WIDER

Some things
that work
in one
decade
don't work
in the next,
so mark
it down
as a noble
idea
that failed.

And I did
what everybody
dreams
of doing,
I walked
away
from it
I walked away
from it
I walked
away from it
I walked away from it
I walked away from it,
and I never
went back,
without
reconcile.

And since I
can't leave,
I love
getting drunk
with you
I love getting
drunk with you
I love getting drunk with you,
and give me some more blow.

Nobody
ever gives
you what
you want
except by mistake,
and the only
things you
ever got
is what
you did for yourself,
and you hate them
and you're only
doing it
everyday
for the money
and you hate them
and you're only doing it
everyday for the money.

I know guys
who work
all their
life
and have got
a lot,
and something
happens to him,
and he loses
everything
just like that,
and I even
haven’t got
that
and I even haven't got that.

Hard
work,
low
pay,
and embarrassing
conditions,
you are worse
than I remember,
and you're
home
and you're home
and you're home
and you're home
and you're home.

What is
a rat doing
when it
isn't eating
garbage
or scaring you
on the steps,
they're laying
around like
a pussy
cat,
you and I
sleeping in
the bedsheets,
warm
and cozy,
sliding
your legs
under the covers,
and staying there.

You got to keep
down
cause they're shooting
low,
press your body
against the ground,
it's gravity,
the telephone
hasn't rung
once today.

If there is
one thing
you can not
and will not
do
is make this
world
a better
place,
if there's one thing
you can't do
is make the world
a better place
if there's one thing
you're not going to do
is make the world a better
place.

Cause you are
only successful
when you
rip
somebody off,
and everybody
I ever known
who wants to
help somebody,
wants to
help themself,
and I'm a firm
believer in
giving somebody
enough rope
to hang themself.

You're standing here
watching all
these people,
and everything seems
a little
confused
and everything seems
a little confused
and everything seems a little
confused,
I haven't got
anything to say.

The noose
is tightening
the noose is tightening
the noose is tightening,
and let me make
one more
further
observation,
when you
die
you're going to die
with a hard-on.

If I didn't
have an
accident
I wouldn't
be here
if I didn't have
an accident
I wouldn't be here
if I didn't have an accident
I wouldn't be here.

Then there is
the reality
of the family,
your mother
and father,
them and
my mistakes
is why
I'm sitting
at a table
with a bunch
of stupid
jerks
on Thanksgiving
eating
a turkey
stuffed
with lasagna.

I'm spending
my whole
life
being with
people I don't want
to be with
I’m spending my whole
life being with people
I don't want to be with
I’m spending my whole life
being with people
I don't want to be with,
and there ain't
no such thing as family,
just people
you work with.

I love
completely
perverted
people,
you are my
best
sexual
fantasy,
I never got
that far with
scat
before,
and I want to
remember it,
tireless
and I want to remember it,
tireless
and I want to remember it,
tireless.

We make money
the old-fashioned
way
we earn it,
the anchor
man
never leaves
the building,
and the only
difference
between me
and a preacher,
is he's
telling you
he has a
way out,
and I'm telling you
don't bother,
for you
there is
no way
out
for you
there is no
way out
for you there
is no way out
for you there is no
no way out
for you there is no way out,
and it isn't
as though
you got anything
to lose.

Besides they
blocked
permanently
all
the exits
they blocked permanently
all the exits,
you and I
get to
stay here
forever
and it gets
worse
beyond your
imagination.

I would like
to give my
best
to all sentient beings,
and before
I die
I would like
to de-tox
my mind
and tame
delusion,
but we are not
in a time
appropriate
to do this.

Tonight,
I want you
to give me
some drugs
and a little
alcohol,
if something
is good
people like it
if something is good
people like it
if something is good people
like it.

It looks
the way it
should
and you make me
feel good,
so let's
open it
up,
stretching it
wider
stretching it wider
stretching it wider
stretching
it wider
stretching
it wider,
and it shouldn't be
any trouble.

John Giorno
1982

Avery Singer (b. 1987) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: Sailor, Vienna Secession (2016) and Kölnischer Kunstverein (2017); Scenes, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); Hammer Projects: Avery Singer, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); and Pictures Punish Words, Kunsthalle Zürich (2014) and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2015). Three of the works in the present exhibition were included by Camille Henrot in her solo exhibition Days Are Dogs at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017). Avery's work has been included in group exhibitions at the Boros Collection, Berlin; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Fundación Arte, Buenos Aires; S.M.A.K., Ghent; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Aishti Foundation, Beirut; Le Museé d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon; and the 2015 Triennial at the New Museum in New York.
 

Tags: John Giorno, Camille Henrot, Avery Singer