Of Parrots, Porn, and Death Metal

Multimedia artist Jay Heikes's trip from rocker manqué to the Whitney Biennial

Heikes doesn't always play the observer, either. Hearkening back to his talk-show days, So There's This Pirate posits artist as comedian and auto-cinematographer. Heikes, in front of a striped fabric backdrop, tells a very funny joke about a parrot who defies his pirate oppressor, even past the end of its life. "To me, the pirate's relationship to the parrot is like the artist's to his work," he says. "Even when you think you've got it saying, 'Polly want a cracker,' it always comes back with 'Fuck you, one-eye' at one point or another."

Time and time again, it seems. As Heikes returns his laptop to its bag, he mentions that the Whitney will be showing Return of the Parrot. Given his entertaining bent, the sequel comes as no surprise.

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