Simon Penny and Evan StanfieldSimon Penny (b. 1955, Melbourne, Australia. Lives and works in Los Angeles)
Evan Stanfield (b. 1989, Los Angeles, CA. Lives and works in Los Angeles)
Poems: Covid Diary
Short video poems, sound.
Gaia’s Revenge 1:17 min.
Oh It’s Nothing 1:07 min
Suddenly Bare Life 1:40 min
Friends Far Away 1:03 min
“I’ve been in almost total lockdown since March 6th. I experienced many lifestyle dislocations, as we all have. My work went online and I was not permitted to attend campus—where my studio is located. Unable to pursue my usual exercise and leisure activities, I began to take long solitary walks, during which time lines and phrases ‘bubbled up’. I noted them down and almost unintentionally began to write what I have no other name for than ‘poems’. Most reflect on Covid, lockdown, and related political, economic and environmental matters. I also occasionally took photos and video, sometimes of the massive earthmoving going on. I asked my friend Evan to set some of the recited poems to some of the video.”