Habitat: Cy Gavin

“My other phonograph, a larger Victor VV IX from 1915. On the turntable at the moment is Al Jolson’s recording of ‘Swanee.’ Some experiments with seriality in the background—an image that haunted me as a teenager from a scene in The Birth of a Nation—however I have isolated and turned the image, hopefully giving the impression that the subject is upright. This piece was a testing ground for clear glass head pins, which I now use occasionally in my work. There is a signed production shot from Lohengrin with Astrid Varnay and Eleanor Steber in the front, from Bayreuth. One of my skateboards, and, on the right, a Columbia graduation gown I got my hands on that is waiting for the right project.”