The artist Dario Robleto visited us here in Los Angeles last week. He has been collecting 50 pairs of lovers' heartbeats for a while now. He took this photo of me and my boyfriend of ten years, artist Jeremy Blake, recording each others' hearts in our Venice pad.
Hearing Jeremy's heart like this was amazing, like staring through a telescope at a vast and previously undiscovered world. The beats sounded so powerful, and yet so temporary. We are just another damn song....
Dario says he will record the beats when he is done on a vinyl record, which he then will turn into a petroleum jelly that the purchaser can rub over their chest to soothe heartache.
He is selecting the couples slowly and very carefully.
The piece will be called "Balm of 100 Lovers."
More on Dario's work, below.
Link: Dario Robleto.
It is no secret that as soon as one loses their sense of contributing to the construction of history/meaning in their world they have just lost a very important battle over power and liberation.