G Fine Art Presents Patrick McDonough 'all I want is to be a happy man'

By Editorial Team on September 5, 2012
Photo Courtesy G Fine Art


Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8 from 6:30 – 8:30pm

The exhibition runs September 8 – October 20, 2012


G Fine Art presents its first solo show with artist Patrick McDonough.   The show, all I want is to be a happy man, reaches a key point for McDonough, coalescing a psychologically charged setting using the media of sculpture, photography, animation, rubbings, and painting.

Through the concepts of renewal, myth, legacy, storytelling and place, McDonough’s work evokes the life and oeuvre of Mark Linkous, who performed his music under the moniker of Sparklehorse, as well as embraces a black quarter horse born on the date of Linkous’s suicide.  The depth of primary research, collecting, performative photography, fan behavior and mourning that has been revealed in the process of developing this work is so much more than homage; it is a full-blown exchange: artist to artist.

The degree of separation between McDonough and Linkous, and their powers to associate with nature and the spirit of connectivity in the world, knits the material present with Linkous’ spirit and fosters a phenomenological conversation with the work and history of the musician.

In the show, McDonough takes on complex, contemporary existential notions, including the hierarchies between fan and cultural producer, personal adaption and the temporal tensions of digital to analog transmission.  Through this lens, the artists share insights into our understandings of renewal, legacy, storytelling and place

The opening reception for the artist will take place on September 8th, 2012, on the eve of what would have been Mark Linkous’ 50th birthday.

Patrick McDonough (b. 1982) lives and works in Washington, DC.  His work has been featured in numerous solo, group, and public exhibitions in Washington , DC, Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia.  Recent highlights included the 5 x 5 public art initiative of DCCAH, Open Space: Awning Studies – SOCTATES at Socrates Sculpture Park and Opening Act at Civilian Art Projects.  McDonough’s work has been the recipient grants from the DCCAH, Washington Project for the Arts, Creative Communities Fund among others.   Forthcoming exhibitions include a group exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago and a solo project at the American University Museum at the Katzen Center

Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Saturday Noon – 6pm

G Fine Art is located at 1350 Florida Avenue NE.  Visit the gallery online at www.gfineartdc.com