IRVING BERLIN
blipblipblip, Leeds, 2017





Irving Berlin, the name of The Magnetic Fields singer Stephin Meritt’s pet chihuahua, comes to life through a video of a salivating mouth interjected with a series of Youtube footage of owners making out with their dogs. The words spray painted on the wall says ‘I hear you call my name and it feels like home’. This work is a sustained engagement about our desires in abstraction through the distilled influence of popular culture and love songs. The provocative approach in the video illustrated in the multiple frames collaged videos provides a seductive, unnerving look into the fascinating relationships we form with our pet animals. This work tries to explore the parameters of desires and our attitudes towards them.