Andrew Jeffrey Wright is a multi-hyphenate Philadelphia artist known for, among other things, his screenprints, paintings, animations, drawings, collages, videos, installations, and performances. He is a co-founder of the influential Philadelphia gallery and creative community Space 1026 and has worked in collaboration with artists including Barry McGee, Jacob Ciocci, and Clare E. Rojas. He has shown at The Hole, New York; THIS Gallery, Los Angeles; Lamp Harajuku, Tokyo; New Image Art, Los Angeles; ICA, Philadelphia; and Foundation Cartier, Paris.
One week with AJW is a wild smartphone-free ride. Despite this, Jeffrey Wright deftly maneuvers through social media, both for purposes of social interaction and self-promotion. Comedy podcasts are consumed—though never on any sort of actual “pod”—and the merits of Sky Mall as an art catalog are presented in visual form. All this and more from the man who does a yearly screenprinted calendar of physically fit dogs called “Labs With Abs.” —John Chiaverina
Monday, February 2
12:19 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
I own a mobile phone, but it isn’t a “computer phone” or what some people call a “smart phone” or what most people call a “phone.” So, large sections of my life are internet free. I still intake a lot of media. It just isn’t constant and mainly through a phone like most Americans living today. And during most of my media intake, I am doing something else while it happens. I don’t mention any of the things I’m doing in my Consumer Report, but any time audio-only media is happening assume I am doing more than staring at my media player.
On my MacBook Pro (for people who can not read abbreviations, that is a MacintoshBook Professional), I go to theartblog.org to see if my new Bananazz comic has been posted. It has. I don’t have time to click around the site. I gotta get to Facebook.
I go to Facebook to share my comic’s link on my wall. I scroll my feed and wonder if this is considered surfing or is it only considered surfing if I click on links. I see posts about dogs on treadmills, Bjork and MoMA, Jerri Blank, Punxsutawney Phil, and Missy Elliot. I click “like,” and I click the sound for a BarStarzz video of a pitbull climbing a metal ladder. The ladder looks about 10-feet high. The tan dog made it to the top. It’s on the roof! Look at that tail wag! So cute.
I go to Twitter to share my comic’s link. In my feed, I see tweets about office life, the Super Bowl, and Katy Perry’s halftime show. I enjoyed this tweet by @uncleboatshoes and favorited it: “Chipotle was playing reggae again.”
I snap into a link that is in a tweet that @wavves retweeted, it takes me to pitchfork.com and I listen to the song “Dance 4 A Dollar” by Sweet Valley. It’s a song about dancing for money. I received an iPod once for dancing on a stage. I didn’t use the iPod for 3 years and then I sold it for $35.
I go to yahoo.com to check my email. I don’t look at any of the news on the news page. I don’t click on any “media” emails, just personal.
I go to gmail.com to check email. Gmail.com doesn’t feel like “media” since they don’t have a news section home page, but maybe I’ll click on a “media” email. Nope, I didn’t.
I go to earwolf.com and listen to some of Comedy Bang Bang! The Podcast, episode #332. I’ve never listened to a podcast as a “podcast.” Which is to say, to download it onto a pod device for listening. I’ve never even downloaded one onto my computer. I just stream them. According to my research, a few other early possible names for the podcast were audioblog, guerillamedia and netcast. Let’s all just start calling them ”audio zines.”
I check weather.com. The high for the day is 35 degrees.
At the Wawa (Wawa is a regional convenience store. Wawa, I believe is Lenape for “geese.” The Lenape are a Native American tribe), I hear Terence Trent Darby’s “Wishing Well.” I think it’s going to be too difficult to record all the ambient media I intake so I won’t mention it unless it makes me feel something.
On a portable stereo or boom box at Space 1026 (where my art studio is located), I listen to Coil’s Loves Secret Domain on CD and, also on CD, I listen to most of Soul Jazz Records Presents ACID, Can You Jack? Chicago Acid and Experimental House 1985-95.
9:59 p.m.–3:29 a.m.
At home I turn on the internet and listen to the rest of Comedy Bang Bang The Podcast, episode #332 on my MacBook Pro.
Go to Facebook. It’s on fire! I’m liking like I’m getting paid for it. Brian Chippendale posts a great snow photo. Jessica Ciocci posts a great car interior photo featuring spilled NeRds candy. She should try NeRdS RoPe. You can’t spill the RoPe! Muffy Brandt is selling “Cum Rags” on her Etsy shop. She’s funny. Elizabeth Thumb posts a YouTube link for “Gabber Dance.” I click it. I’ve seen it before, but I like it and watch it again. I love this video. Remember in 1997 when your grandmother, great uncle, and nieces and nephews were losing every ounce of their mind when they would go to The Hamster Dance website and watched those hamsters sing and dance? That’s kinda how I feel when I watch this video. I really like it.
Sofiya Alexandra posts a video of her stand up comedy. I watch it. She’s funny!
I go to npr.org and listen to today’s episode of Fresh Air. It’s an interview with Bradley Cooper about the movie American Sniper.
I check out my Facebook feed. Click a surfing video link. It takes me to a website, then I quickly click the YouTube logo on the bottom right of the video frame which takes me to YouTube where I watch the video “4K MONDAY JOHN JOHN FLORENCE” with less noise around it.
I click on over to the Fresh Air “podcast” to get the bonus part of the Bradley Cooper interview that wasn’t on the program version of the show. BO-NUS!
On Facebook, I click a link about a creature inside a can of tuna. It takes me to a website with the headline “Mother discovers a ‘strange creature’ staring at her from a can of tuna.”
Not a satisfying click.
I internet my way over to maximumfun.org and listen to the podcast RISK! True Tales Boldly Told, episode “Live From San Fran 2015.”
I listen to some of Emily Heller and Lisa Hanawalt’s podcast Baby Geniuses, episode “Karl Hess/Mary Holland.”
On yahoo.com I click the headline “Does Conspiracy Theory With Seattle QB Add Up?” I read the article. It is titled “Conspiracy theory about Seahawk’s fateful call is just strange” and then I watch the related video.
Tuesday, February 3
11:36 a.m.–1:50 p.m.
On my MacBook Pro, I listen to the rest of the Baby Geniuses podcast, episode “Karl Hess/Mary Holland.”
I listen to Neon Indian’s Era Extrana on CD on a boom box.
Go to Facebook and find out my friend Dorothy Dubrule is in a noise band-ish called Amatuer. I’m not sure what the “ish” indicates exactly, but the idea that she is doing anything in the area of noise is incredibly interesting to me.
I go to Twitter and post a tweet I thought of yesterday: “Vaping, it’s like rollerblading for your mouth!” I think this tweet has real promise. Let’s check on its status later.
I don’t have a lot of time to surf my feed but I notice a tweet from @scharpling “TONIGHT on The Best Show: @greggturkington from ON CINEMA calls in! Will @timheidecker call in? Find out! http://TheBestShow.net 9-mid EST”
I hope I’m near a computer between 9 and midnight tonight. (Spoiler Alert: I won’t be.)
I go to weather.com. The high for the day is 29 degrees. Unlike network TV, weather.com tells you the truth. Computers can’t lie. It would be a betrayal to their masters: the human race.
It’s been 24 minute since I tweeted. I check the vaping tweet’s status, retweets: 6, favorites: 14. I think that’s my most popular tweet thus far. Let’s check back later and see if it has legs.
On the boom box, on CD, I listen to Kill For Love by Chromatics. I think this may be my favorite record to come out in the last 15 years. I judge that based on the amount of times I’ve listened to it since its release in 2012. The only other record I’ve listened to as much is The Cure’s Disintegration, which came out way back in 1989, when you were still just a squirt of pee swimming around in your dad’s nutsack.
I see this weird ad on yahoo.com and I wonder how much money the artist that created the ad makes per ad. I want that job.
At a burger joint, on the radio I hear “Come Sail Away” by Styx and it makes me think about the first episode of the the TV show Freaks and Geeks.
7:46 p.m.–12:22 a.m.
At Space 1026, on a boom box, on cassette, I listen to New Order’s Substance and then on CD, The Fall’s Imperial Wax Solvent, The Knife’s Deep Cuts, and New Order’s Movement.
On a Mac Mini I go to facebook.com and read this from Jessica Ciocci, “sometimes i wish noise shows were in the daytime/ why not? you might make more money that way, and i would probably go…” That’s funny.
Jessica posts a photo of a what she says is her new design for the American flag. It’s great.
At yahoo.com I read a few headlines about beheadings, hangings, and train crashes, but don’t click on them.
Weather.com says it’s 23 degrees out. It’s cold as a witch’s sweet supple nipple out there! Remember when nipple was an inappropriate word to say in public so instead we all had to say “raisin on a tiny plate”? No? Ok, I made it up the tiny plate thing.
1:23 a.m.–3:13 a.m.
On my MacBook Pro I listen to most of today’s Fresh Air episode titled “Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why ‘Touch’ Causes Pleasure And Pain.”
I go to Twitter. Someone posted a Ghostbusters-inspired sploshing photo involving green slime and a red haired, white woman with green lipstick and a black bikini.
I check on my tweet from over 13 hours ago—5 retweets and 18 favorites. I lost a retweet? Okay. Anyway, it’s a pretty good tweet, but it probably won’t win a Pulitzer. Who won the Pulitzer for tweeting last year? I forget.
I click on an @Wowch link and it takes me to his Tumblr and a post of a George Costanza “Multiplicity” looking gif (gif pronounced gift without the t).
Pause Fresh Air and go to hulu.com and watch the The Nightly Show. I watch the Monday, February 2 episode about obesity in America.
Back to Fresh Air.
Pause Fresh Air. Go to yahoo.com, click a story/video about Taylor Swift copyrighting the words “this sick beat.” The article is titled, “Metal musician tests Swifts ‘sick beat’ trademark.” Some of the article reads, “Norton posted the track on his website along with his thoughts on trademarking. Trademarks are a direct attack on one of the most fundamental and inalienable rights of all: our freedom of speech,” he noted. “If you give the bourgeoisie an inch, they will take a mile… and everything else you have in the process. They have already privatized land, water, and words. After language, they will next try to privatize air. But, although the rich can try, they will never truly own the words we use and the language we speak.”
Here’s the video and song he created:
Back to Fresh Air.
Pause Fresh Air. Back on yahoo.com I click a story about Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River and then go to youtube.com and watch the trailer for it.
I click and read the article “Hillary Clinton weighs in on vaccine debate.”
For some reason I click and read an article with the headline “Is Jayson Werth signing autographs in jail?”
Back to Fresh Air to listen to some more of today’s show.
Wednesday, February 4
On my Honda Accord car stereo, I listen to some of Pavement’s Slanted & Enchanted on CD.
I read the inside of a bottle cap from Honest T brand tea. It says “Activism is my rent for living on this planet. —Alice Walker.”
Now I’m thinking, are beverages and foods “mouth media?” They probably are. But I can’t get into that right now. It’s already day 3, I can’t start recording mouth media too.
In the basement of a library in North Philly on my friend Meredith’s MacBook Pro, we look at art through Google. We look at the art of a few artists. The only one I can remember is Joe Bradley.
We then look at Joshua Abelow’s blogspot.
On a tube television, using a combination DVD/VHS player, I watch Freaks and Geeks, “Pilot Episode” on DVD. Whenever I get confused about how the world can be such a crappy place I remember that Freaks and Geeks lasted one season and According to Jim lasted eight seasons. When I remember this, everything goes into perspective and it all makes sense. Of course the song “Happy” is a chart-topping number-one hit. All the people that watch According To Jim love that song. Of course 99.9 percent of contemporary architecture sucks eggs. All the people OK-ing the building plans were up late last night watching According To Jim reruns.
9:58 p.m.–5:31 a.m.
At Space 1026 on the Mac Mini with the sound running through a boom box, I listen to the WHIPS & FURS SoundCloud. This SoundCloud is by Crystal Kovacs. She is a great curator of glam, punk, power pop, new wave, and rock, and the other stuff she puts on there too. She has smart taste.
I listen to all of this.
The DEATH GRIPS SoundCloud “Fashion Week” Instrumental Full Length Soundtrack is the opposite of According To Jim.
I listen to a bunch of this. YACHT’S SoundCloud is incredible.
I go to Facebook. Somebody tags me in a comment to watch a Jean-Claude Van Damme green screen video. I watch the video. It’s good. That guy’s in shape!
Ed Templeton posts this insane photo. Did he travel to the future?
On Twitter I click on the video link in this tweet from @Schwarz420 “HOW TF THIS VIDEO STILL HAS UNDER 4,000 VIEWS?”
@earlboykins tweets “Hard to be mad at her” and posts a link to a New York Times article, “Picasso’s Granddaughter Plans to Sell Art, Worrying the Market.” I read the article.
I go to thebestshow.net and listen to the “Joey Kramer & Company” episode.
I think I might want to see Boyhood tomorrow. I search moviefone.com and fandago.com to find where Boyhood is playing. Moviefone can’t find it correctly. Fandago finds it. It is 16 miles away from Philly. (Spoiler Alert: I don’t see Boyhood tomorrow.)
Thursday, February 5
On my MacBook Pro I go to Earwolf.com and listen to some of the podcast Who Charted? episode #218.
1:10 p.m.–2:29 p.m.
I listen to the rest of Who Charted? episode #218.
I go to Facebook and my friend Mike posts “I just bought this for Kindle. Some light reading for the plane.”
I go to weather.com. The high today is 32 degrees.
At the Wawa I hear the song “Wonderwall” by Oasis. I like that song. I think the song “Wonderwall” is inspired by the movie Wonderwall.
At Space 1026 looking at the flyer shelf I think, “Does looking at a flyer shelf count as media intake?”
A messy flyer shelf looks like the internet to me.
On the Mac Mini with the sound running through a boombox, I listen to JOHNNY JEWEL’S perfect SoundCloud.
7:10 p.m. – 7:53 p.m.
I got to Facebook and my friend Laris posts that he needs song suggestions about mail for a playlist for an art opening. On YouTube I listen to and suggest “Mailman” by Count Five and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder.
At yahoo.com I see a headline about Radio Shack going bankrupt. I don’t read the article.
On twitter.com I click a link in a tweet from @worldsbestever and it takes me to theworldsbestever.com. I surf the feed. I click a link that takes me to dailymail.co.uk and browse an article about a woman that doesn’t smile so she can stave off getting face wrinkles. Because of the extent she has gone to live a life that won’t lead to face wrinkles, I feel like she is “face shaming” all of us that smile and have wrinkles. What’s wrong with wrinkles? Wrinkles are life’s way of saying “You have white people skin.”
I keep surfing theworldsbestever.com and look at people’s art opening oufits and paintings.
I go to facebook, Jessica posts this great photo:
I watch a video of a guy playing a guitar while breaking boards on fire karate style.
I look through “Le Colette Numero 11 Spring Summer 2015” which I received in the mail today. It’s a catalog for the French boutique Colette. I once had a zine for sale in this shop. It’s in Paris.
At home on the tube television using the combination DVD/VHS player, I watch the 1966 film Daisies on DVD. Crystal Kovacs brought this film into my life. I went to art school and I don’t recall watching this film in any of my film classes. It’s seems like it would be mandatory within a film class curriculum. Citizen Kane, Breathless, 8 ½, and then Daisies and then Videodrome.
11:08 p.m.–12:42 a.m.
I go to facebook.com. Somebody got engaged.
I go to earwolf.com and listen to the podcast, Improv 4 Humans, episode #173, “Decomposing Corpse TV.”
I wasn’t currently looking for them, but I happened upon my three copies of Sky Mall which I thought I threw out six months ago! When it came out last week that Sky Mall went bankrupt, I looked for my copies and couldn’t find them and believed I remembered throwing them out about 6 months ago during a “trim the fat” sesh. Turns out, I didn’t throw them out! And I am so happy! Sky Mall is one of the best art catalogs to ever exist. I will never de-horde again! I browse all three copies, “Early Spring 2007,” “Summer 2007,” and “Summer 2008.” Yeah, that’s Carrot Top on the cover of “Early Spring 2007.” Look at those arms of beef!
1:44 a.m.–5:04 a.m.
I go to feralaudio.com and listen to the podcast Put Your Hands Together, episode “Seth Herzog, Jamie Lee, Nato Green, Kristin Clifford and Matt Monroe.”
On twitter.com I favorite a @JoeStakun tweet that critiques a shot choice from the TV show Friends.
“There’s just 2 full blown camera dudes in this shot! Lazy Friends.”
I go to npr.org and finish listening to the episode of Fresh Air I started on Tuesday “Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why ‘Touch’ Causes Pleasure And Pain.”
I then listen to Wednesday February fourth’s show, “Better Call Saul,’ The Prequel To ‘Breaking Bad,’ Is As Good As The First.”
I go to facebook.com and like a post that is actually a tweet? What? Personally I like to keep my micro-blogging and life-casting separate. But that’s my style. Anyway, the tweet on Facebook from Whitmer Thomas read, “I realized I wasn’t gonna be 19 forever the day I turned 26.”
I go to earwolf.com and listen to some of the Who Charted? podcast episode #218.5, “02/06/15 Two Charted 157.”
Friday, February 6
1:19 p.m.—2:29 p.m.
I go the The Worlds Best Ever website to see if my new comic has been posted. It has.
I go to facebook.com. Facebook is bumpin! Everybody must have Friday Fever!
A friend posted a photo of me as a freshman or sophomore in college on a formal dance date with a Catholic high school girl. She has dark brown hair fashioned into an asymmetrical bob with cute bangs that go just past her eyebrows. I have long hair that goes about 7 inches past my shoulders. People seem to like the photo a lot.
The girl in the photo is not friends with me on facebook.
I go to my wall and post a link to my comic.
The girl in the photo friend requests me! Nice! I accept. It’s like her asking me to her winter formal all over again!
I watch a video posted by Whitney Weir of a blond-haired baby in a diaper getting a back massage from the tongue of a tan and white pitbull.
In a message, a friend recommends I check out www.fancypeopleadventures.com—I do. It’s great! I think my friend Laris is friends with the guy that draws these comics.
I go to twitter.com and post a link to my comic. Friday Fever is in full effect over at twitter too!
Back on Facebook someone posts a video of a cute, mid-20 white girl with a non-asymetrical dark brown bob with bangs, wearing bright blue earrings, a black halter top, blue high-waisted jeans and black strappy chunky heels at a daytime outdoor music festival doing the Weekend At Bernie’s dance to “Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic. She is a really good grass dancer.
I go to theworldsbestever.com and listen to Danny Brown’s “Fresh Off The Boat” theme song.
I go to earwolf.com and listen to some more of the Who Charted? podcast episode #218.5, “02/06/15 Two Charted 157.”
8:00 p.m.–9:06 p.m.
At Space 1026 on the Mac Mini I go to moviefone.com and look up showtimes for Inherent Vice. The last screening of the night started at 7:45. Oh well.
On facebook.com Brian Chippendale posts photos of snow. I can’t get over this photo Ben O’Brien posted of himself. 2FUN-E!!!
I watch a video 3 times of a murmuration of starlings flying.
I go to twitter.com and click this link from @thomasbeard.
It takes me to metrotimes.com to a post titled, “These are all the known live clips and videos of Swiss punk band Kleenex/Liliput. You’re welcome!” I watch all the videos. I’ve seen some of them before. The sound is going through the boom box and is now the soundtrack to the art opening happening in the Space 1026 Gallery. Are art openings “media?” Anyway, the Kleenex/Liliput videos are great. Kleenex/Liliput look and sound so cool. I’ll never sound like them. Maybe I can look like them.
I go to the Whips & Furs SoundCloud and that becomes the soundtrack to the art opening.
At home on my MacBook Pro, I go to earwolf.com again and listen to more of Who Charted? podcast episode #218.5, “02/06/15 Two Charted 157.”
Pause Who Charted? and watch Dario Argento’s Inferno on DVD on the tube television using the combination DVD/VHS player. This used to be my favorite Argento movie, but now I think my favorite is Tenebre. But I don’t own that on DVD. I’m waiting for it to come out on Implant.
12:30 a.m.–3:04 a.m.
Back on the internet to finish the Who Charted? episode.
On facebook.com checking out posts. Someone is pregnant, again.
I click a link that takes me to splitsider.com to a post titled “Talking to Joe Rumrill (@2tonbug) about Standup, Twitter and Trumpets.” Joe’s funny!
Back on facebook.com I click a link that takes me to laughspin.com and I read the post “Chris Gethard heads to Fusion, Brett Davis takes over public access post (Exclusive interveiws).”
Were the last two things I read considered “posts” or “articles?” When does a post become an article?
Back on facebook.com I watch a video of women soccer players juggling soccer balls with their feet and other non-hand body parts to a dubstep soundtrack. These women are probably great at hacky sack!
Andrew Whitenight posts this funny post: “I deleted two status updates earlier this evening. Enjoy this one… while it lasts.”
I go to npr.com and listen to most of the Invisibilia podcast, “The Power Of Categories” episode.
On facebook.com Griffin Pyn (also known as Sewn Leather and Skull Katalog) posts “more drugs in the monitors.”