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Patrick McDonough: All I Want Is to Be a Happy Man

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Editorial Review


By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, September 7, 2012

The ironic subtitle of Patrick McDonough’s new solo exhibition -- his first at G Fine Art -- hints at the show’s subject. “All I Want Is to Be a Happy Man” is a lyric from a

song by the band Sparklehorse, whose leader, Mark Linkous, committed suicide in 2010.

But judging by the simultaneously playful and provocative nature of the Washington artist’s previous work, it would be safe to assume that this show, which includes sculpture, photography, animation, rubbings and painting, is more than a mere fanboy homage.

Visitors to the show, which opens Saturday with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., also should be on the lookout for big concepts, embodied by what the gallery’s press release calls “renewal, myth, legacy, storytelling and place.”