Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes From the Underground, a chapbook, is my collaboration with fine arts photographer Amy Bassin. I matched quotes from many of history’s most infamous tyrants to Amy’s funereal sculptural portraits to produce spins by DJ Trump surrogates from Genghis Khan to the Koch Brothers. Each quote (report) echoes a distinctly Trumpian thought, issued forth from the weathered patinas of plein air cemetery sculptures. We consider the Trump administration to be a graveyard where each day we are forced to attend daily burials of American moral conscience and civil liberties.
– Mark Blickley
Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes From the Underground can be purchased via Lulu, here.
Free PDFs of the book can be downloaded here.
The creators gratefully acknowledge Trump surrogates:
John Wilkes Booth
Osama Bin Laden
New York fine arts photographer Amy Bassin and writer Mark Blickley work together on text-based art collaborations and videos. Their series, Dream Streams, was featured as an art installation at the 5th Annual NYC Poetry Festival, and excerpts have been widely published including in Columbia Journal of Literature and Art. Their video, Speaking In Bootongue, was selected for the London Experimental Film Festival. They recently published a text-based art chapbook, Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes From the Underground (Moria Books, Chicago). The publisher has sent their resistance book to the White House. Bassin is co-founder of the international artists cooperative, Urban Dialogues. Blickley is the author of Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press) and proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center.