(Artist) Lunchtime Poll: Drew Heitzler

Shamim M. Momin
Jun 13, 2013 6:21PM

LA-based artist Drew Heitzler takes on this week's poll, with the humor and thoughtfulness that we know well and expect. I've had the pleasure of working with Drew in a number of iterations, beginning with the 2008 Whitney Biennial and now looking forward to an upcoming LAND Frame Rate in late June, stay tuned...

For those of you on the other coast, be sure to check out Drew's current show(s) at Marlborough Chelsea, on view until June 15th. Upstairs is a solo show of his new work, and downstairs, an excellent group exhibition co-curated with Jan Tumlir, Endless Bummer II / Still Bummin'. We like these multi-tasking folks...did I mention he surfs also? 

1.) I'll start our poll with a question from the honored film itself: you inherit ten million dollars the same day aliens land on earth and say they're going to blow it up in two days. What do you do? 

DH:  1. Buy a fully functioning space ship with time traveling capabilities (I'm guessing the aliens will have one). 2. Crew it entirely with beautiful women with daddy issues and no other hang-ups. 3. Fly that thing back to the dawn of man and populate the earth with humans so smart and hot, that the aliens, when they landed, would recognize humanity as the gods we would have become and bow down to us. Just kidding (not really).

2.) If you were a vegetable/fruit, an animal, and a piece of furniture, respectively, which one of each would you be?

DH: A banana that weirdly stays ripe for way longer than it should, one of those dogs that acts like you don't exist until you go to leave at which point it humps your leg while you try and shake it loose, and that really nice but a little beat up Breuer Cesca Side Chair you got for a steal at a stoop sale in Brooklyn that you really shouldn't use as a step stool, but still do.

3.) If you could read someone's mind for an hour - either living now or a fictional character (hence always living) - who would it be and why?

DH: Jean-Luc Picard. His knowledge would be essential to my alien attack/ten million-dollar plan. 

Shamim M. Momin