IN CONVERSATION: TANNON RECKLING
August 26, 2022
You have now entered a special place in hell for the discussion of contemporary art practice featuring Tannon Reckling and Kevin Yatsu. This installment is the latest recorded conversation of a larger discourse between Reckling and Yatsu spanning the past 3+ years. These conversations were originally held in the context and structures of an institutional art program but have since moved to hell for practical reasons. Transcription is below.
Kevin Yatsu: How have you been doing?
What have you been up to?
Has anything exciting happened recently?
Are you having fun?Quoting the 1987 movie “Moonstruck”:
-”Do you love him, Loretta?”
-”Ma, I love him awful.”
-*hand gesture* “Oh god, that’s too bad…”
How would you define your practice?
I’m just trying to get money to pay people to make weird animations for me cause I can’t use the software and all the hardware I have is stolen and getting old
Do you enjoy the direction your practice is taking you?Learning my own values is helping me steer my creative practices. Engaging ant taste as solely the context of our material circumstances, in 2023, we’ve got big ass contexts.
What have you been reading/watching/thinking about?
What are some questions you have been dealing with?
Q: I’m trying think about being solely a “faggot” in 2023, not gay or queer. It suddenly is a tongue twister, opening up more inarticulable, or inaccessible, experiences for those engaging it. It certainly isn’t online, like I wish to be. - This is increasingly important to me, something I will take the next decade to think about. It’s doesn’t feel correct to be gay or queer. Much like the visual arts, I think references are important to push towards a thing with many open ends.I feel LGBTQA politics today is now almost solely white branding techniques, etc.
Q: How do I watch the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City for free?
Q: What’s the deal with the cake in Donna Summer’s “MacArthur Park”? Who came up with this cover version of the song, this continues to be the best cover of a song and I want to know what’s up with the cake. Timeless pastry in a timeless park.
Have you found anything good on the internet recently?
Are your places for digital catharsis still intact? Which ones have you lost? Which ones have you found?
I enjoy the popular AI images and AI memes going around right now because I think they free us from our mortal coil quicker than incoming climate disasters. Like a boomer, I am finally watching WestWorld, and yeah baby, the mind is a burden of our own history’s making. Frankly, any “art” with a lobotomy and castration (hopefully consensually) is something the human eye & canon hasn’t encountered yet. - I can’t wait until #thesociety gets over the spectacle of technology and understands more how white men from the suburbs are creating the datasets that are controlling almost aspect of our lives, as their mechanisms have been in most ways “forever.”
Where have been your favorite places?
I have the same feeling when I’m in the deep rural country at times: away, but never alone. But I can only have these feelings, I think, because I have experienced the other side of this false spectrum, but this side is less articulating but more visceral.