Phooey Gunfight Collective - CODAworx

Phooey Gunfight Collective

Submitted by The Skrauss Global

Client: The Skrauss Global

Location: milwuakee, usa

Completion date: 2014

Project Team


the skrauss

The Skrauss Global


Ty Bender

Center Street Clay Studio


In a 12X12 space I placed all my ceramic pieces incorporating the in two simultaneous narratives.


NCECA came to Milwaukee and a local ceramicist asked me, the month before they came, to instal my work in his storefront gallery. No access to a kiln and no time to create, I installed old work into a narrative called "Phooey Gunfight Collective." The installation was interrupted by another narrative installation called "The Escape of Panama Dorado," which I previously couldn't complete. Without the constraints my friend gave me I would have never solved either idea.


Ty gave me complete freedom, but with a very immediate time limit and budget.

Additional Information

I found the words "Phooey Gunfight" in a Ted Berrigan sonnet. They refer to a poem by Kenneth Koch called "Phooey," which parodies Ezra Pound. The Phooey Gunfight itself is poet on poet warfare, street insurgence. Once the work was placed, and the doors of the gallery open I used social media to promote the show by tweeting play by play flash news of the Phooey Gunfight, these tweets were meant to read like poetry; and I used several others to deliver images and point back to the twitter feed where the action was.