The artist wishes to thank Alfredo Jaar for the use of one blank Finnish passport.
Suomi Finland Passi Port Passport is a meandering dialogue about salt water, mermaids and mermen, moons and suns, and love that might or might not emerge from the mist, Weiner writes words and pictures in very contemporary, and almost personal terms. The outset of the project is a trip to Jamaica, as evidenced by collage elements that ironize the origins of Conceptual Art. It ends with the label from one of Weiner’s cigars. Will love emerge from the waves? Something “sticking out,” bottles, and other portents of desire, weave together in clauses, bars and abstract forms harking back to the language of Cobra. Often, Weiner’s poetry is disarmingly simple. In this example, the cover of his work for Three Star Books might be a clue. It is a leather passport cover. Riffing on an installation by artist Alfredo Jaar, One Million Finnish Passports, in which a million blank passports were piled up to speak about illegal immigration and displacement, Weiner used the device of his friend and colleague (in the time-honored friendly theft that is the nature of artistic inspiration), to turn one such passport into a booklet of musings and a metaphoric passport of his own. This then, is the identity of the artist, his carte de visite, his certificate of existence. Weiner’s work, his musings, his hopes and desires, rolled into a plaintive song about waves, and water, love, and a floating sense of longing.