Jack White Tour (2018)

Series of performances, 30 minutes each
iPhone image courtesy the artist

In summer 2018, Shirt did a number of shows opening for the musician Jack White on the European leg of his world tour. 30-35 minute performances took place in London, Amsterdam, and Paris, with Shirt performing music from his Pure Beauty LP, as well as new songs and ideas in venues such as L’Olympia in Paris and the Hammersmith Apollo in London. Experimenting with a handful of recorded ‘voicenotes’ Shirt had made with his iPhone over the past 5 years, each night on the tour he’d introduce the clips, sometimes only about 30 seconds of each, while humming and singing along. Visual works were also incorporated both on stage and throughout the venues. Included was a large Bengal Tiger Shirt painted on bright orange felt, a silk banner spraypainted with his lyric “Run up in this gallery with the mask on”, his updated Baldessari mantra “I will not make any more boring rap” painted on fabric that draped from the mic stand, Comments (2018) posters; and Nike adidas (2015) tees. Only a handful of backstage photos exist from the shows due to a particular rule set by Jack White in which 4,000+ people every night would be asked to surrender their cellphones for the duration of the event.