Nature’s Bet | Washed Up in Heaven
David Price, Andy Roche
4:22, HD, 2013
I arrived in Chicago during the summer with thoughts of Le Corbusier's large-scale drawings made during lectures in mind, thinking that Andy and I might re-stage them somehow as an organizing principle for a new work. On our first evening together we became sidetracked by playing a lot of Yahtzee, and the five dice of that game became another organizing principle. We traveled to a remote lakeshore beach in northern Michigan, where our own large-scale drawings were made in the sand, and where our thoughts turned to Bas Jan Ader and the pirate ships that rob I.
Washed Up on the dessert shore, two men collapse into the dunes of a Heaven ruled by the holy-roller "Y-H-T-Z" (His full name disguised in a tetragrammaton so as to never call down the demon Hasbro.) Everyone knows Bas Jan Ader died at sea, conceptually and corporeally, but has anyone yet fully decoded Bob Marley's mystic poem "Redemption Song" which hides the name of the Real Killer? In Nature's Bet the House always wins with a Full House. Toss each die one at a time... this is your last roll!