July 26. Katie Grip / Tessie Salcido Whitmore

Summertime Sadness

Curated by: Tessie Salcido Whitmore and Katie Grip

Artists: Andy Brown, Amanda Joy Calibrosi, Adrian Culverson, Clifford Eberly, Katie Grip, Mary Addison Hackett, Aubrey Ingmar Manson, Ashley Lothyan, Alicia McDaid (mcdazzler), Lydia Maria Pfeffer, Dominic Quagliozzi, Tessie Salcido Whitmore

The first peonies explode and peel away, tender baby skin
Day drinks, lawn mower, leaf blower, well here it is
Is there ever a good time to begin?
Bikini top, titty pop, all the sweat and shimmer
That afternoon in the backyard, kiddie pool, what a beautiful face
Shallow water, a flutter in between the legs, pop rocks crackling, tickling tongue
Plastic thighs, zip ties, bb’s eyes, magic marker, sparkling
Red red overlined, ice-tipped lips, cranberry limes
Like shriveled shrimps on the nightstand
Fevered dream, roller-rink queen
What’s underneath
Wallpaper memories, sun streams
Mama and me, summer breeze, other peoples’ parties
Could we make it to the beach, pretend we’re screen queens?
Watch the sticks smolder, ring of fire, glittering ash, looking out toward the canyon
Clown in the burial ground, wouldn’t you love to love her, lover?
Twisted velvet tangled, restless wrestling bb, nibbling tail
Ticking tocking talking of the thrift store clock, vintage shit
Pretty trash on the street, pretty people, pretty feet
Flat matte day, iridescent night and then
It just ends.

—Katie Grip

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