PATRICK MCVAY

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Comin' Thro' The Wry

While you’re reading my blog, I’m in the process of creating a new work of art. You imagine that while you’re reading this I’m just sitting back, taking it all in. That’s not the way it works. I don’t have time to pay attention to your reading of this blog. I must always be creating new pieces to shake the world.

What I’m contemplating developing for future generations to observe and wryly comment on is a bicycle made of clear glass, which will be understood to be a wry comment on the brittle nature of society. I’m thinking the bike should be built up with the Shimano Ultegra groupset, but that’s just me. I’m willing to consider other componentry if my staring committee (the people who stare at me while I make decisions about art) think there are better components to use to create art that suggests the particular level of wryness that we’re trying to achieve.  

There’s another option as well, which is to create a grass bike. It would require a bamboo frame (they already exist!) with holes poked in it so that grass can sprout. This would be seen as a comment on how society always grows, acquires pests, gets choked with weeds, and needs regular mowing. (I actually have to check on that with my Comment Committee, which I recently constituted to connect the works of art I create to potential comments on society.)

Finally, I could create an invisible frame, such that only the components (and not the frame) are visible. A challenge, no doubt, but must be done. An invisible bike frame will be such a wry comment on society’s lack of transparency that critics are bound to respond with their own wry comments on the work of art.

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