Blum & Poe Broadcasts is pleased to present ten new works by Chicago-based artist Tony Lewis. The presentation shares its title, GET OFF ME, with an accompanying poem by the artist. This series, what he calls a "stepping stone" to poetry, brings together altered pages from the beloved comic Calvin and Hobbes. In a process of erasure through covering, editing, and drawing within the natural sequence of the comic strip, Lewis continues to push the boundaries of writing/drawing, and expands upon the use of another medium central to his practice, the "material" of language. These words and drawings are rooted in Lewis's evolving critical response to William F. Buckley Jr.'s argument in the 1965 debate with James Baldwin.
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GET OFF ME
Get off me. Look at this maniac
Of course a stupid animal! And don’t think he doesn’t enjoy the treachery! It’s evil
He’s just savage
Whose brilliant idea was it
How much longer do we have to do this? I hate this
What?! What?! What character too! I can’t believe! This is the worst! I hate this! Will you stop griping?
What a miserable experience!
But I’m trudging for no reason, because I’m a complete idiot? We face this fork in the road. Which way should we go? I choose this dismay
You chose the right. Exactly. You never learn
I wish we could talk about these things
See down there? No balls! You steer!
The genius loser haven’t been the model statement
No more I’ve resolved not to. Are you out for you? Making a free country
Life’s too short to waste time moron
Stay out of my face!
I should be more attentive when someone else is speaking.
Got enough heart
This will come to order. This president enemy is guilty!!
Most ugly! I declare you null and void! You’re in trouble!!
I can see the fear in your eyes!
You can throw your sogginess on the other with impunity!
I fear nothing!
The fire actually burned you
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