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Anthony Discenza

Catharine Clark Gallery

Including works in audio, video, and signage, Anthony Discenza’s second solo show at Catharine Clark Gallery is informed by Hollywood films and faceless copywriters, as well as by the mash-up—the viral spawn of the multiple, simultaneous media streams of today. For the wall-mounted text Sometimes a Great Notion, Part 1 (all works 2009), Discenza pairs cultural phenomena—television or movie titles, brand names, luminaries, and the like—presenting them in the syntax of the entertainment-industry pitch: IT’S J. CREW MEETS HELLRAISER, IT’S BLACKWATER MEETS SAVED BY THE BELL, IT’S DILBERT MEETS L’AVVENTURA, for example. More than one hundred such proposals appear in black self-adherent vinyl, so that a snarky phrase like DAVID CRONENBERG MEETS THE PRICE IS RIGHT might catch your eye among the tall column of letterforms. The terms, written by the artist or found on the Internet, use the

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