Dear DUOX4Larkin Directors and Managers:I hereby reluctantly submit my resignation from my position as Lead Surrogate at DUOX4Larkin, effective January 28, 2012. As a result, all forms of identification – badges, monogrammed uniforms, and office stationery – will be returned within the next two weeks. Hopefully, the baby-proofing task that I have already performed will be considered sufficient and the new protagonist that will be birthed, whom you have named BOY’D, is exactly what you desire. In my preparatory analysis, I have validated the precedents for this protagonist: Cervantes’s Don Quixote, Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, Gaëtan Dugas as Patient Zero, James Bond, and the ensemble cast of Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday.
My time at DUOX4Larkin was a wonderful challenge. At the risk of sounding presumptuous, I would like to recommend Casper Sondar as my successor to finish the final three months of my, already brief, nine month intervention. I realize the work environment looks as though I’ve left it in disarray, but I have devised a deliberate system so that everything can continue seamlessly in my absence. It relies on three separate spaces: the incubation space, the Hub, and a site to customize your strife. Actually, I may be back for a day following my departure to see how everything has taken effect. Please let me know if I might be of further assistance.
As a parting gesture, I’ve left everyone a see-through vial with a terrycloth landing pad, a sanitizing pen, an uncommitted ID badge, and a change of clothes – well, an iron-on :)
Thank you, and the best of luck.
DUOX is the collaborative name of Baltimore based artists Malcolm Lomax (born Abbeyville, South Carolina, 1986) and Daniel Wickerham (born Columbus, Ohio, 1986). Recent solo exhibitions by DUOX include Liste Exhibition, Contemporary Museum of Art, Baltimore, 2011; Break My Body, Hold My Bones, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2011; MoMT:Museum of Modern Twink, GLCCB bookstore, Baltimore, 2010; King Me, Open Space Gallery, Baltimore, 2009.
This project is supported by The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and The Friends of Artists Space for the publication accompanying DUOX4Larkin, Artists Space commissioned writer Tan Lin to produce a new text responding to DUOX's work. The resulting text exists in two parts: in the printed booklet available at Artists Space, and online. The web component can be viewed by clicking here.