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Artist:  Jennifer Steinkamp
Title: I want to be a cowboy.
Date: 2002
Dimensions:  Variable  10 x 2 x 2 feet
Equipment: 1 Sharp PG-C30XU 1700 lumen projectors, DVD player
Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy ACME, Los Angeles and greengrassi, London.
Exhibition History:

  1. Glow: Aspects of Light in Contemporary American Art, [ArtPace], San Antonio, curated by Frances Colpitt, July 25 - October 6, 2002.
  2. Glow: Aspects of Light in Contemporary American Art, San Antonio Art Gallery at the University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, September 5 - October 4, 2002.
  3. Glow: Aspects of Light in Contemporary American Art, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas, November 22, 2002- January 5, 2003.
  4. Glow: Aspects of Light in Contemporary American Art, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas, curated by Frances Colpitt, March 4 - April 12, 2003.
  5. Jennifer Steinkamp, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California, curated by JoAnne Northrup, July 1 - October 1, 2006.
  6. Jennifer Steinkamp, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, curated by JoAnne Northrup and Holly Hughes, March 14 - June 29, 2008.

Description:   I want to be a cowboy is projected into a corner, it appears to be sculptural because of the angled projection. The image playfully loops and lassos.

The Vandals

Urban Struggle

I want to be a Cowboy
I got to be a Cowboy
I'm born to be a Cowboy
I want to be a Cowboy
A Cowboy! Uh-huh

Tonight we're taking me best car
Were gonna go down to the Cowboy bar
I'm gonna wait till the club is full
and I'm gonna ride the mechanical bull

Cowboy look is the one I want
Can't change now cause the clothes are bought
To be a Cowboy was my fate
I can't help it if I was born late

All the Cowgirls in their Stetson hats
and their tight fitting jeans so they don't look fat
We'll all be listening to the Cowboy tunes
and stomp around like a bunch of goons

Cowboy look is the one I want
Can't change now cause the clothes are bought
To be a cowboy was my fate
I can't help it if I was born late

We're all OD'd on the Olden West
and to see which Cowboy looks their best
I can ride that phony bull so damn good
Sometimes I think I'm Clint Eastwood

Cowboy look is the one I want
Can't change now cause the clothes are bought
To be a cowboy was my fate
I can't help it if I was born late

I know I'm a Cowboy geek inside
My hat band's made out of synthetic rattle snake hide
After a couple Shoot-Them-Cowboy movies
I'll check out the Cowboy scene down at Zoobee's

Cowboy look is the one I want
Can't change now cause the clothes are bought
To be a cowboy was my fate
I can't help it if I was born late

We all know who fights the best
We start fights with them punks at the Cu-Cu's nest
Those damn punks are crazy(though)
and meaner than a bull at a rodeo

Cowboy look is the one I want
Can't change now cause the clothes are bought
To be a cowboy was my fate
I can't help it if I was born late

You call me an Urban thrown a course
A big deal if I'm afraid to ride a horse
With a broken nose and a fucked up knee
Maybe this Cowboy scene just ain't for me

Cowboy look is the one I want
Can't change now cause the clothes are bought
To be a cowboy was my fate
I can't help it if I was born late

Yee Haw

Cowboy look is the one I want
Can't change now cause the clothes are bought
To be a cowboy was my fate
I can't help it if I was born late

( I couldn't make it as a Punker )