Broadcasts: Tony Lewis's GET OFF ME

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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Tracks by Immanuel Wilkins
Tony Lewis, Get Off Me., 2020
Pencil, graphite powder, and correction fluid on paper
8 1/2 x 9 1/8 x 1/4 inches
Tony Lewis, I Hate This, 2020
Pencil, graphite powder, and correction fluid on paper
10 5/8 x 8 3/4 x 1/4 inches
Tony Lewis, We Face This Fork In The Road, 2020
Pencil, graphite powder, and correction fluid on paper
8 3/8 x 8 7/8 x 1/4 inches
Tony Lewis, See Down There? No Balls!, 2020
Pencil, graphite powder, and correction fluid on paper
6 x 8 7/8 x 1/4 inches
Tony Lewis in his studio, Chicago. Video by Robert Chase Heishman.
Tony Lewis, I've Resolved Not To., 2020
Pencil, graphite powder, and correction fluid on paper
8 1/4 x 8 5/8 x 1/4 inches
Tony Lewis, Are You Out For You?, 2020
Pencil, graphite powder, and correction fluid on paper
10 7/8 x 8 5/8 x 1/4 inches
Tony Lewis, We Good Got Enough Heart, 2020
Pencil, graphite powder, and correction fluid on paper
10 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 1/4 inches
Tony Lewis, Somebody!, 2020
Pencil, graphite powder, and correction fluid on paper
8 1/2 x 8 7/8 x 1/4 inches
Tony Lewis, I Fear Nothing!, 2020
Pencil, graphite powder, and correction fluid on paper
8 3/8 x 8 5/8 x 1/4 inches
Tony Lewis, The Fire Actually Burned You, 2020
Pencil, graphite powder, and correction fluid on paper
8 1/2 x 8 5/8 x 1/4 inches

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.

We good
Got enough heart

Somebody! 

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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