Lemon Art Work
Sara Malpass, Jeremy Burleson, Jason Powell-Smith, and Karen May
Curated by Seymour Polatin
NIAD Art Center, June 2023, Online

1,2,3,4,5,6 i'm walking on the sidewalk
1,2,3,4,5,6 i'm counting my steps
1,2,3,4 i can hear my heart beat, it goes 1,2,3,4
1,2,3 i tap my index finger on my chest
it counts 1,2,3,1,2,1,2,3 to keep the beat
The polyrhythms are setting in, but it's not quite comfortable
my typical cadence isn't working
and i'm starting to pick up feedback
it's dissonant, but oddly on time
i can feel the rhythms now
but i'd rather trust the bingo cage beat
waiting for my number like expecting the bus to turn the corner
the fireworks are playing loudly in the distance
and the soft warm organ is starting to play
it plays 1,2,3,4,5,6, 1,2,3,4,5,6
like Joey Ramone
like Yoshi Wada
like the tears of a wave splashing the sand before it pulls away
the waves sing 6,7,8,9
i touch my hand to my chest 6,7,8,9
i bend my four fingers, 6,7,8,9
i'm floating, but i can't see the bottom
Seymour Polatin (b. 1993) is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles, CA. He founded exhibition space, Gallery1993 in 2015 and publication, Ant in 2018. His work has been featured in Artforum, The Guardian, and Garage Magazine.