I am Chris Purdie is a performance art piece involving thirty-five performers playing the role of visual artist Chris Purdie. The cast wears the "Chris Purdie uniform" and performs the role as they interact with patrons attending the artist's reception. For the duration of the exhibition, there will be at least one "Chris Purdie" in the gallery during their hours.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I am Chris Purdie - The Poem After the Performance

Vulnerability: a moment of silence
where everyone gathers to speak

The body, a better listener, takes comfort in knowing 
it didn't have a choice

Cross-examination is in fashion after all; in defense of taboo
the tongue well-intended, what's left of credentials if we're subtle like we should be

Your olive branch, the treacherous tête-à-tête, can still be in good taste
though the transcript may not include our names

Language has made liars of us all; silence is precision
binding the clauses of conversation; the awkward

pause, merely a figure of speech
unless performed in earnest

Your sense of certainty - a luminous window 
my apprehension, a runaway skateboard

Enough with the transparent peace offerings; I'm aiming
at your expectations

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