Matt Copson, Restaurant Satyr, Installation view, 2023
Matt Copson: Restaurant Satyr
Oct 20 – Dec 9, 2023
High Art
Arles, France

I’m sick of listening
I’m sick of listening to you complain What about my allergies?
Just look at me silently
Enjoy my face
God, I can’t stand my own voice either

I asked for recommendation and got the most popular thing If you were to ask me I’d say this menu is foul
I don’t need to be reminded of poverty
I don’t aspire to be morally elevated
I’ve tried attitudes
And found them all pointless
I just want steak

Hey it’s me
Not good news
Did you hear what I said?
The signal’s bad
Have you heard about my condition? I wish it upon everyone
So I could be understood better

Where’s my knife?
It must have fallen down here somewhere Wow, it’s so quiet here
I wish I could live here
I can’t stand one more day of inadequacy My wife’s a goddess, my child’s a prodigy I need to sever all ties

Stop crying, darling
It’s not the end of the world Everyone is here to celebrate you
Is that a drawing of mummy? Where did you get such a beautiful hand? Are you thinking about death again? Are you thinking about my death?

Give us a kiss
Introduce me to your boy as his new daddy I’ll teach him how to critically assess And interpret his pictures
When I look at ‘em I see God
He’s a big spider
Fuck, that can’t be him, can it?

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