Bret Slater, Pretty Hate Machine, 2012, arcylic on canvas 7.25″H x 7.25″W
“What is this thing?” This seems to be the first thing that comes out of a person’s mouth when they see Bret Slater’s work for the first time. The pieces look alive and comical, or sometimes edible. This particular piece, with it’s bright colors, reminds me of a cartoon character. I imagine that the cartoon character tells you jokes that you don’t really get, but it is laughing so hard and earnestly that you can’t help but laugh yourself. (more…)
Alex Prager’s work is often described as cinematic and “Wendy” is no exception. I feel like this piece is a still out of a 70’s exploitation film. The work is warm and saturated, which lends to a nostalgic feeling. I look at the subject’s ambiguous expression and I wonder what she is looking at, what she is feeling and what made her feel that way.
I chose the music here as a soundtrack to the imaginary movie scene in which Wendy is acting. Maybe her lover is leaving, or maybe she is leaving, or maybe she is lusting after someone, or maybe she’s remorseful for a mistake she made, or maybe this is the turning point in a Robert Rodriguez film where she goes from distressed to resolved and starts killing all of the people that were distressing her in the first place, or maybe she’s glazed-over after having read this run-on sentence.
The songs reflect at least one of those emotions. Most are slower tempo and have slightly apathetic vocals. There are lots of strings, lots of reverb and lots of harmonies that play into the dreamy, nostalgic feel. Au Revoir Simone, Angus & Julia Stone, Beast Patrol and Camera Obscura all lyrically convey some sense of longing. Bella Novella is the obvious outlier to this; I chose this triumphant song to go along with the Robert Rodriguez scene mentioned earlier. Sarah Jaffe ends the list by taking a slightly sexist Drake song and making it her own; I feel like Wendy would be into that.
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