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Marlene McCarty

Metro Pictures

Consider these misogynist one-liners: “IF IT’S GOT TITS OR WHEELS IT’S GONNA GIVE YOU PROBLEMS,” “NOTHIN’ LIKE A PIECE OF PUSSY ’CEPT THE INDY 500,” “BEND OVER. I’LL DRIVE.” These, and some 30 other such gems, lifted straight from various media sources (car magazines, coverage of the Gulf War in the New York Times, etc.), were the subject of Marlene McCarty’s first one-person exhibition. Each phrase was emblazoned in a narrow stripe horizontally bisecting a series of stretched canvases that were installed edge to edge around the walls of the gallery. The ribbon of misogynist and sexist language enclosed the reader in a sustained and unending insult, not unlike everyday cultural experience. In this refined, graphic presentation, however, the scathing tirade went limp as did, unfortunately, the impact of the work.

Proportions of obscenity and disengagement are critical to McCarty’s work.

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