025.1: Jon Cotner & Andy Fitch:: Conversations over Stolen Food
19 July 2010
I prepared this introduction over the course of a week in several New Orleans' coffee shops: Satsuma, Flora, and Café Envie. I don’t know Andy Fitch and Jon Cotner personally, don’t know what they sound like, and have withheld from google imaging them (albeit I have vague mental images). As I was reading and taking notes on the piece, the dialogue from Conversations over Stolen Food went through my mind in my own voice. The conversations, disembodied voices, and ambient sound around me also entered the piece. Right now, there is a child running from his mother into the pastry case, back to his mother, back into the pastry case. I can imagine Cotner and Fitch narrating the scene, trailing in and out, meandering off into another observation about the space we now inhabit. Somehow this observation either leads to waxing on art theory or enumerating the details of one of their previous romances. I begin to think of my own love. In Fitch and Cotner’s conversations, there is something intimate here, a language unique to its participants – one of common associations and references. Fitch “wonder[s] about [Jon’s] box-trick.” What’s a box-trick? I become both participant and eavesdropper. In reference to a P.S.1. show, Ed Ruscha is mentioned and his appearance seems fitting in the way that text and landscape interplay to create a new image. The work of Stephen Shore comes up too, the photographer known for his images of the banal, his fresh use of color, and his defamiliarization of everyday things. I know and don't know the space that Fitch and Cotner occupy. There is always something hazy, just out of reach. As reader, I am forced to fill in the gaps. Fitch notes to Cotner that lately he has had some identity confusion, remembers Cotner’s birthday as his own, and that occurred for me too. I can no longer distinguish the space I am in and the one being narrated to me. They overlap completely...