Marc Pally

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

The idea of one artist assembling a body of work and titling it “Group Show” is appealing and makes sense. Who better to pair oneself with than oneself? But as Franz Kafka noted, “I have hardly anything in common with myself.” For different reasons, this also might be true of Marc Pally’s message. Group Show (all works, 1989) is also a wall piece, consisting of 58 little paintings arranged in a giant oval. Each painting, with two exceptions, contains a two- or three-word phrase (“Hemorrhoid Sufferers,” “Cluster Analysis,” “Go For It,” “Crying Out Loud,”) or a name, such as “Oliver North” or “Piero della Francesca.” The paintings on white backgrounds seem to recede into the wall and those with Day-Glo-colored backgrounds seem to beam and quiver. All channels are open and incessantly muttering: in the end, they cancel each other out.

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