S-Picture two workmen on the side of the road; one is digging a hole in the ground, the other is filling it back in with dirt at the same pace-
O-Wait, are you telling me a joke
S- Is that a question? I don’t see the question mark.
O-I didn’t know you were telling a joke, I was trying to situate myself.
S- Yeah, I didn’t feel the need to explain what I was doing, but I like where this is going.
O- I’m still in need of a punch line.
S- Perhaps you’ll get one. What is fascinating now is the absence of (?) something that is both a question and a mark, how a curved line with a period signifies a response.
O- I’m thinking traffic cones, yellow tape, large puddles and jack hammers!
S- Yes, how easy it is to get diverted, but how do you remain relevant?
O- I tend to surround myself with intelligent people.
S- Sounds like you are still on the outside.
O- Well, you are either in or you are out, so I focus on the perimeter.
S- You ever try hopping over that fence?
O- Of course, it’s not the physical space on the other side that is hard to access, it’s the charisma, making shit look easy, holding non-chalantness like it’s a fucking newborn!
S- Mind and body games, filling the holes, sealing the cracks!
O-Janitorial work, the mind has a lot of locks, but it also has a belt full of keys-jingle jingle. The problem are the words--DO NOT DUPLICATE--written all over things we’re trying to share.
S-Locksmiths will just ignore that most of the time. It’s called slippage.
S- You ever find a pair of underwear in your bedroom and not know who it belonged to?
O- Ah yes, I see, Laundromats, misplacing our under garments, accidentally tossing away our intimate spaces to strangers.
S- I’m talking clothes lines outside of apartment blocs! Hanging that shit out in the open, and beating the dust off our rugs in public!
O- I think I got the punch line.
S- Do you?
O- Yeah, the guy whose job it is to stick the post in the ground never showed up; that’s why one person fills the hole at the same pace as the other one digs it.
Tanya Brodsky (b. 1982, Kiev, Ukraine) earned her MFA from UC San Diego in 2016, and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. In 2016, she was a fellow at SOMA Summer Program in Mexico City and in 2013 she participated in the Mountain School of Art. Recent group exhibitions include Cabinet of Curiosities at Union Station, Los Angeles; Actual Size, Los Angeles, SPF15, San Diego; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Vacancy, Los Angeles; Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; New Wight Gallery at UCLA, Los Angeles, and Galeria Alternativa Once, Monterrey, Mexico. Upcoming exhibitions include a group exhibition at CES Gallery, Los Angeles.