Sorry to dump on you like this.zip by Christopher Clary
8.5 in. x 11 in. zine
72 pages + cover
Printed Web Editions
It’s tempting to call Sorry to dump on you like this.zip a pornographic work, since an actual porn collection is embedded within it — the artist’s own archive of men accumulated in fifteen years of web browsing. But these JPGs serve only as a substrate: thin scaffolding for an epic textual work that hangs loosely from the files. The numerous written narratives describe intimate exchanges between boyfriends and lovers, alternating between dramatic betrayals, breakups, and banalities. Laced through the work are heart-breaking utterances, illustrated by found images of men that have already been downloaded, stored, and used. In making them available for us to “re-use,” Clary discards them — the title of the work an apology, even, for offloading his memory onto ours.