The Collected Gertrude Stein Tender Buttons Jokes  2013

(Three-minute preview of) three-part video work: Volume One, 3 mins; Volume Two, 5 mins; and Volume Three, 5 mins. Features various pairs of household objects telling each other jokes taken from the text of Gertrude Stein’s 1914 prose work Tender Buttons.

Whisk: What prints all day?
Cloth: I don’t know, what prints all day?
Whisk: A whole few watermelon.

Pencil: Why is lamb cheaper?
Cup: I don’t know, why is lamb cheaper?
Pencil: It’s cheaper because so little is more.

The work was first shown as part of Kantine Chapters at Galerie Futura (Alpha Nova-Kulturwerkstatt), Berlin in 2013. The event accompanied the Getrude Stein-themed exhibition Suppose an Eyes featuring Lady Lucy, Jacqueline Utley and Flora Whiteley.