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MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RESOLUTION
HONORING JAY CRITCHLEY ON THE OCCASION OF THE 25th
ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROVINCETOWN SWIM FOR LIFE AND PADDLER FLOTILLA
ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2012, THE COMMUNITY WILL CELEBRATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROVINCETOWN SWIM FOR LIFE AND PADDLER FLOTILLA AND ALSO ON THIS DAY IT IS APPROPRIATE TO CELEBRATE AND HONOR THE GENIUS, GENEROSITY, AND ARTISTIC CREATIVITY OF ITS FOUNDER JAY CRITCHLEY.
JAY CRITCHLEY AND WALTER MCLEAN, IN THE SUMMER OF 1988, HAVING FIRST TESTED THEIR SWIMMING ABILITY BY SWIMMING ACROSS PROVINCETOWN HARBOR, ORGANIZED THE FIRST SWIM FOR LIFE WHICH CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE THE HEALING WATERS AND ECOLOGY OF THE HARBOR WHILE RAISING MONEY FOR LOCAL HEALTH SERVICES; AND UNDER THE GUIDANCE AND VISION OF JAY CRITCHLEY THIS EVENT HAS GROWN THROUGH THE YEARS FROM A HANDFUL OF SWIMMERS RAISING $6000 TO THOUSANDS OF SWIMMERS RAISING OVER $2.5 MILLION FOR AIDS SERVICES, WOMEN’S HEALTH, AND COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS.
JAY CRITCHLEY MAY BE MOST CLOSELY IDENTIFIED WITH THE SWIM FOR LIFE, HE HAS POSITIVELY IMPACTED HIS COMMUNITY IN MANY OTHER WAYS, INCLUDING AS A MULTI-MEDIA ARTIST WHOSE CONCEPTUAL AND PERFORMANCE-BASED WORK PROVOKES ALL OF US TO EXAMINE CULTURAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES AND WHOSE ART IS A CALL TO ACTION FOR MANY.
IN ADDITION TO CREATING HIS OWN ART, JAY CRITCHLEY HAS WORKED TO SUPPORT AND SUSTAIN LOCAL ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANIZATIONS ON THE OUTER CAPE THROUGH THE FOUNDING OF THE PROVINCETOWN COMMUNITY COMPACT IN 1993. SINCE THAT TIME, THE COMPACT HAS SUPPORTED DOZENS OF ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS AND MANY OF THESE PROJECTS, HAVING BEEN BORN OF AND NURTURED BY THE COMPACT HAVE SINCE BECOME THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND VITAL CONTRIBUTORS TO THE COMMUNITY.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THAT THE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL COURT HEREBY HONORS JAY CRITCHLEY ON THE OCCASION OF THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROVINCETOWN SWIM FOR LIFE AND PADDLER FLOTILLA AND RECOGNIZES THE MANY AND OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS HE HAS MADE TO THE ARTS, CULTURE AND TO THE COMMUNITY, AND EXTENDS TO HIM THEIR SINCEREST CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS IN ALL FUTURE ENDEAVORS; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THAT A COPY OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BE FORWARDED BY THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO JAY CRITCHLEY.
REPRESENTATIVE SARAH K. PEAKE
ROBERT A. DELEO, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
STEVEN T. JAMES, CLERK OF THE HOUSE
30th Annual Re-Rooters Day Ceremony - Jan 7, 2013 - Provincetown Harbor, Jay Critchley IRS Director
Since 1983 when the International Re-Rooters Society, IRS, was formed, I have presided over the Re-Rooters Day Ceremony, held each year on January 7 after the Twelve Days of Stockpiling (Christmas). The ceremony is held on the sand flats of Provincetown Harbor, Cape Cod, Massachusetts USA. Through song, rant and chant participants purge the previous year, placing objects they wish to discard from their lives on the boat/tree. I then drag the discarded Christmas tree boat into the water where it is burned at sunset.
2013 partial text of ceremony:
lotsiP ffilC lotsiP ffilC
And the Lord appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush and gave him…
The Ten Commandments of Pistol Cliff - lotsiP ffilC
1. The yield-starved drones are the Lord Thy God and thou shalt not have neural hair nets YOLOed by sequestered pain points; CHANT AFTER EACH: lotsiP ffilC lotsiP ffilC
2. Thou shalt not Bi-Fi driverless cars beta-testing bucket shop digital wallets fraudstering as binge viewing;
3. Thou shalt not eyetrack click stream financialization rates assaulting cosmic dawn;
4. Thou shalt keep holy binders full of behinders channeling your inner porn dowsing deep-chilled animatronic robots;
5. Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother: Pussy + Riot;
6. Thou shalt not kill magazine dreams geoengineered by mummy porn and lactic acid levels of the 1% Fat Free;
7. Thou shalt not commit filter bubbles doubledowning as Hoggs bosom cyber-predating Medusoid die-offs;
8. Thou shalt not steal self-deported Pupfish deep-chilled boxsets infloing hoarding disordered dead zone hens;
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against climate mange hackathons statistically modeling branded dysregulation disorders;
10. Thou shalt not covet protein-folded post-truth detainees deploying deceit perfume Facekinis classified as non-competes.
Let it be known that the devils and sinners who deceive us shall be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beasts and false prophets are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Amen.
Twelve Days of Stockpiling 2013
(MUSIC: Twelve Days of Christmas)
1. And an ice-class LNG
2. Deceit perfumes
5. Empty chairs
6. Toning shoes
7. Yeild-starved drones
8. Neural hair nets
9. Bully pulpits
10. Pricing bots
11. Mummy porn
12. God particles
Presenting Jay Crichley
and featuring the BabySkinGlove Collective
A project of EIDIA House / Plato’s Cave
23 Montieth St. Brooklyn, NY 11206 (near corner Bushwick & Flushing Ave)
November 30 to December 22, 2012
Opening & performances, Friday Nov. 30, 7-9pm & Saturday Dec 1, 2-4pm
A weathered, transformed Cape Cod outhouse installed in a 48-foot tractor-trailer will inaugurate a new space in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn—THE DECONSUMPTIONISTS Art As Archive—wherein Jay Critchley, with BabySkinGlove, will be the debut exhibitor and performance collective. This continues EIDIA House’s exhibition initiative that evolved from the PLATO’S CAVE (underground) series to this mobile, aboveground archive and exhibition space.
“The iZONE: Archival Interlude” is located at 23 Montieth Street, Brooklyn and opens Friday, November 30, with performances from 7-9pm, and Saturday, December 1 from 2-4pm. The show runs through December 22 with hours 1-6pm Wednesday—Saturday, by appointment.
Continuing his work envisioning the future of the planet and our state of impermanence, Jay Critchley’s installation, THE iZONE: Archival Interlude features an historic outhouse that invites the audience to step away from the ravages of this world, where past traumas and an uncertain future remain a constant struggle, and provides a platform for one to simply relax in the present. With the help of the collective BabySkinGlove, Critchley’s THE iZONE: Archival Interlude will transform this parked shipping trailer space, created by artists Melissa P. Wolf and Paul Lamarre, (aka EIDIA) into an enlightened facility for discharging, cleansing our distressed bodies and spirits of sensory and digital overload, thus creating a clean slate.
Each visitor will participate in a series of healing stations ending in the meditative, low-tech comfort of THE iZONE. The shipping container’s ambience will emulate an exclusive spa complete with blue track lights and plastic curtains. Visitors are fully protected from human judgment during their stay. With skilled and efficient guidance, treatment during the Archival Interlude will give each participant the opportunity to experience life in a post-archival, post-traumatic state.
Roslyn Garfield Week in Provincetown
Attorney Roslyn Garfield embodies the spirit of the Provincetown Community Compact and we were thrilled to honor her last week at a standing room only event at the Lobster Pot. The town declared the week, Roslyn Garfield Week.
She has served the community as Town Moderator, represented the town on the Cape Cod Commission, served on the boards of the Art Association, Fine Arts Work Center and Center for Coastal Studies, and helped many individuals in need. We pay tribute to her generosity of spirit and to the incredible contributions she has made to our community.
Speakers from projects helped by The Compact’s “think-ubator” included directors of the Haiti Project, The Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and the Provincetown International Film Festival. All began under the umbrella of The Compact’s fiscal sponsorship, with the Film and Williams Festivals now their own non-profits. These projects and many others in our think-ubator define our mission and purpose: to enhance the well being of Provincetown, linking the arts, environment and the community, and promoting interdependence and sustainability.
Compact founder, Jay Critchley, presented Roslyn with a sand-encrusted gavel reminiscent of her defense of his sand car before the board of selectman in 1981. The Compact also sponsors the annual Swim for Life benefit and manages two dune shack residencies in the Cape Cod National Seashore.
January 7, 2012, Provincetown Harbor
And the Lord appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush + gave him…
The Ten Commandments of De-Mortaged Free Shipping
1. The Untaxed Overdogs are the Lord Thy God and thou shalt not have animal migration engineers propotoled by multi-bang bromosphere’s Sperminators;
CHANT after each: repuS CAP staR
2. Thou shalt not self-track radiated global pulse swolls pepper sprayed by on-demand glitter bombing galactic architects;
3. Thou shalt not bilk extra cellular matrix assertions re-performed by phone-hacking luxury rappers retail campaigning for bath salted otherings;
4. Thou shalt keep holy morally injured stockless organ designers repurposing the fusion centered sequestered home zoo movement;
5. Honor thy father and mother: Pee + Party;
6. Thou shalt not kill right to oblivion Neatnik Bees with eternally inflated brain recording devices dreadlocking sustainable pre-existing draughts;
7. Thou shalt not commit fracking unknown known pizza cartels dancing on free shipped speculative urine energy;
8. Thou shalt not steal actionable pharm-fresh warmists’ sentiment analysis hashtags zoned out by caffeine inhalered declinists;
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against surveillanceless offshore balancing inflated by de-mortgaged convenience reading child molesters;
10. Thou shalt not covet hypermiling baby bumped audit trailing clown fish paywalling cuddleless muddle class immolation;
Let it be known that the devils and sinners who deceive us shall be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beats and false prophets are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Amen
JAY CRITCHLEY “DEEP BONES” AND CHAD PERSON “A HERO NEVER FAILS”reviewed in the New York Times by Ken Johnson, 2011.Freight + Volume is pleased to announce that Jay Critchley, “Deep Bones” and Chad Person, “A Hero Never Fails” is featured in the New York Times today, reviewed by Ken Johnson. The exhibition will be open through September 10th; summer hours are 11 – 6 pm, Tuesday – Friday. For further information, please contact Nick Lawrence or Michelle Lee @ 212-691-7700, or email@example.com.Jay Critchley, Deep Bones, 20111979 MG sports car with wrapped engine and internal component parts, recycled plastic shopping bags, engine lift, mixed media.
Installation; dimensions variable; photo Adam Ryder.
August 18th, 2011
“In art as in life, desperate times call for desperate measures. That may mean mummifying an old car Egyptian style using plastic bags instead of fabric, which Jay Critchley has done as a quasi-magical ritual in the Freight + Volume gallery. He has partly dismantled a ’70s-era MG sports car, carefully wrapped its viscera — seats, engine and other parts — in strands of crumpled plastic and put it back together.
Plastic bags are petroleum based, and cars run on petroleum, a substance that continues to cause no end of worldly havoc. Mr. Critchley’s funereal tableau is not beautiful, but it effectively expresses an exasperation shared by many about modernity’s economic and ecological trajectory.
In a still-timely mockumentary video from 1988, also on view, Mr. Critchley poses as president of a fictional organization called Nuclear Recycling Consultants, whose purpose is in part to convert nuclear plants into residential complexes and historic sites. Resembling a younger, thinner John C. Reilly, he describes his project and performs rituals at nuclear sites with engaging, wide-eyed verve.
In the rear gallery Chad Person offers a complementary solution in the form of folksy signs jig sawed from wood or collaged from pieces of United States currency. They say things like “Resign” and “Accept Less.” A giant inflated representation of the cartoon character Underdog sits irresolutely in the gallery too, while video montages show him performing frantic acts of heroism fueled by energizing vitamin pills. Two Cassandras, Mr. Critchley and Mr. Person, deplore our addictions to oil, drugs and competition. Give them credit for trying.”
- Ken Johnson The New York Times, “Art in Review.”
Jay Critchley and Chad Person at Freight + Volume
By Robert Shuster, Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Village Voice
Goofball activism may be, for most, a fleeting phase of youth, but the dogged Jay Critchley has made a career out of donning odd headwear and presiding, preacher-like, over vaguely politicized rituals. Recalling his sand-encrusted cars from 30 years ago, which mocked our oil addiction, the artist has this time mummified a 1979 MG convertible—a process that involved the removal and wrapping of the automobile’s “organs” and the recitation (by Critchley, wearing a leather helmet) of verses from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Elsewhere, in his super-low-budget 1988 video NRC—An Atomic Journey, he plays the president of Nuclear Recycling Consultants, proposing various plans (a mall, a cathedral) for the transformation of abandoned nuclear-power plants, where Critchley actually performs more of his nutty benedictions. As in Allan Kaprow‘s Happenings five decades ago, the lunacy is so earnest it becomes a raw form of art itself.
Not to be outdone, Chad Person has designed a giant, inflatable Underdog—that canine superhero from the 1960s cartoon who always popped an energy pill for strength. Modernized, rebuking Jeff Koons kitsch, the figure slumps next to oversized meds and stares into a smartphone while, before him, a monitor reruns those long-ago rescues of Sweet Polly Purebred. Similar iconic sculptures from Person, like the Big Boy restaurant character, best deliver their satire in photographs taken outside the gallery. It’s surprising, then, that the show does not include one of the artist’s most effective shots—Underdog in a parking lot, absorbed by the phone and oblivious to dense smoke billowing above what appears to be an endangered city.
Freight + Volume, 530 W. 24th, 212-691-7700, freightandvolume.com. Through September 10.