Marcus Civin, 'It Is What It Is', 2020, video


It takes a while to make a mask. I made this one in the night mostly. It needed washing, caring for. It got to know itself in that quiet after dinner.

Script: It Is What It Is

He picks his nose. He takes his picture. He smokes a flashlight. He speaks.

Toilet teet. Rib slync. Pee-pee-22. One oh six foffer. All wilo. My mess! I am what-am-am. It is hard cast. It is slot meatric wayfinding. I have a diode. Wash your teeth. Everyone who emails goes on the email list. Everyone on the other list goes on the other list. Don’t give that away.

I’m flushing in the most peculiar way. You could drown in my Facebook group. My stash! My sparkle! I’m the sparkle stash. Airport bathroom-kewl! 90 degrees… 80 degrees… 78 degrees… 85 degrees… 89 degrees… 93 degrees… 110 degrees… 140 degrees… USA! USA! USA! There’s a cat! There’s a cat! One more cat! One more cat! Exclusivity!

There is no such thing as cover your ass. I am blowing away the vague stuff. The car salesman? I’m really tall… Am I right? Amy, Amy, am I right? Am I right? Am I right? I’m tall. I’m right. I’m right.

I haven’t spoken to Bethany in months.

Destroy Serious Culture.

Band Aid. Band Aid. Three-layer dip. My glass. My glass. My glass. Dollar 30,000 Dollar 40,000 Dollar 50,000 dollar, dollar, dollar. Conjure clatcher itch. Waxy pile mut-mouche splash splash k-k-kuh-kuh-kuh-kuh-kuh-kuh-shhhhhhh-ffffffffffffffffffffffff-sssssssssssssssssssssssss. Mailbox.


Marcus Civin (b. 1976, Boston, MA, lives and works in Las Vegas, NV) is an artist and writer.

His research and practice reflect the status of voice, movement, power, the artist, and the collective within the contemporary political and social realm.

He earned an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and a BA from Brown University. He is a Professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Exhibition and performance venues include LACE (Los Angeles), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore), UMASS University Hall Gallery (Boston), Boston Center for the Arts (Boston), Emerson Dorsch (Miami), Pitzer College Art Galleries (Claremont, California), The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder, Colorado), and Ruffin Gallery at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville).

His writing has appeared in Art Papers, Afterimage, Momus, Maake Magazine, Southwest Contemporary/The Magazine, and on Artforum.com.



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