Some People Are Worth Melting For
21st April - 4th May
Alltwinau Farmhouse, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, LD5 4TL
Adrian Fierro Lara
Chloé Elizabeth Maratta
Joe W. Speier
Te Ariki Alistar Taniwha
We have all been awaiting the day when science could repair any damage to his body and bring Uncle Walt back to life. Just inside Britain's Smallest Town, Llanwrtyd Wells, Ginny Projects is pleased to announce that day has come: Some People Are Worth Melting For
with texts by Daniel Merritt, Te Ariki Alistar Taniwha and Andy Zawacki, COO of the Cryonics Institute.
Maybe it was all part of his plan. The weight gain, the fascination with private jets, the karate lessons. Maybe he always knew that one day he would hightail it out of Graceland, but I don’t think so. Elvis wasn’t one to plot. He loved Ginger and he loved Lisa Marie and maybe he even loved Priscilla but when it came down to it what he loved the most was being alone. It killed him to lie. Lying’s a sin.
But he made good on the promise he made to himself and now he’s here. It wasn’t like Memphis and it wasn’t like Tupelo but he felt at home in this secret solitude. While he rarely left the house, at least for the first few years, most of the neighbors didn’t recognize him, and those who did had the decency to keep quiet— a covenant only tenable in a small village. Eventually he encountered an image of his grave. He read the inscription from his father that adorned the memorial:
God saw that he needed some rest and
Called him home to be with Him.
We miss you, Son and Daddy. I thank god
That He gave us you as our son.
He wept, but the tears weren’t all sad. What made them sweeter was that he knew the soil beneath the plaque enveloped no body.
When he was ten years old, Elvis made his debut at the Mississippi-Alabama State Fair and Dairy Show. Without accompaniment, he sang “Old Shep,” a song about the death of a young boy’s beloved dog. He came in 5th place and won $5. If you can, play it now.
With hands that were trembling
I picked up my gun
And aimed it at Shep's faithful head
I just couldn't do it, I wanted to run
I wish they would shoot me instead
(It’s a song that always makes my dad cry, but I don’t think I’m alone in this.)
Old Shep, he has gone where the good doggies go
And no more with old Shep will I roam
But if dogs have a heaven there's one thing I know
Old Shep has a wonderful home
He often thinks about that October afternoon, singing in the tent, dressed in his little cowboy get-up. He still sings in the house and it makes him smile to know that only he can hear it. His wonderful home. Heaven on Earth. Elvis is now 83.
Ginny Projects is pleased to present Some People are Worth Melting For, a group exhibition about self-preservation and self-effacement. It’s a show tucked away in the Brecon Beacons in a house that is perfect for getting away from it all.
- Daniel Merritt
Press: O Fluxo