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"What Would the Community Think"

 

Curated by Tim Gentles

 

Elizabeth Englander

Tom Forkin

Jessica Friedman

Doris Guo

Stephanie Hier

Andy Meerow

Lillian Paige Walton

 

October 21 - November 18, 2017

 

 

 

Stephanie Hier

Have you heard any good jokes lately?, 2016

Oil and temporary tattoo on linen with glazed earthenware frame

11 x 8 x 1.5 inches

Tom Forkin

Untitled, 2017

Ceramic

7.5 x 11.5 x 1 inches

Jessica Friedman

Popcorn Disassociation, 2017

acrylic on canvas

10 x 14 x 1 inches

Andy Meerow

Turtles, 2015

soy ink, pencil, and collage on paper mounted to canvas, artist's frame

23 x 30 x 1.5 inches

Elizabeth Englander

Nassau Point, 2017

Marker on paper, hardware cloth, twine, acrylic paint, glass 23 x 15 x 1.5 inches

Lillian Paige Walton

Hrsems, 2017

Graphite, ink, acrylic on paper, plexi

14 x 11 x .5 inches

Doris Guo

Dishes, 2017

Soot on glass

8 x 11 x 1 inches

What Would the Community Think was the second album Chan Marshall released in 1996, but its richness suggests a longer period of evolution. From the first warm notes of "In this Hole," it's clear that Marshall's voice -- as a singer and a songwriter -- is not only stronger and more focused, but more empathetic as well. Where her previous works were dense and cathartic, What Would the Community Think gives her voice and lyrics space to unfurl and involve the listener; the title track alone holds an album's worth of eloquence in Marshall's hushed, clear vocals, backed by guitar, feedback, and an eerie, echoing piano. Fortunately, that leaves Marshall 11 other tracks with which to forge a fine balance between angular, angst-ridden punk and her gentler, folk-country tendencies. Different combinations of these extremes make Cat Power's sound more diverse but also more cohesive. Tense, tight songs like "Good Clean Fun" and "Nude as the News" retain the reflective, thoughtful nature of quieter numbers like "King Rides By" and "Water and Air," which turn the power of the album's louder moments into slow-building, implosive tension. Two of What Would the Community Think's finest moments, "They Tell Me" and "Taking People," are unabashedly blues and country-inflected, revealing Marshall not just as a cathartic vocalist, but as a true soul singer. Similarly, her covers of Peter Jefferies' "Fate of the Human Carbine" and Smog's "Bathysphere" show off Marshall's ability to make any song a Cat Power song. An intimate, personal album, What Would the Community Think makes imperfection beautiful and turns vulnerability into musical strength.

                                                                                                                                –Heather Phares

 

 

The work by the seven artists in this exhibition is about solitary obsession and the vehicles for its transmission to the outside world.

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