Depression Groove, Burnet Gallery
Depression Groove (2019), Chris Larson’s newest work and a continuation of his ongoing body of work titled Heavy Rotation (2011), reflects its own nominal description but also refers to the biographies of the musicians and performers, each of whom were born out of the Great Depression and looked to the music industry to emerge from poverty. In the music industry of the time from which these classic pieces of American country music arose, “heavy rotation” refers to the frequent radio airplay of a record album. Exuding both hope and longing, the repeated spinning of vinyl on a disc jockey’s turntable becomes a literal translation of exactly what these musicians were searching for: repeated airplay and the hope of a new future. Through Larson’s use of removal, repetition, and revolving mechanical gesture this new body of work continues his exploration of and research into mark-making by using his own personal archive of records collected since high school. 48 different artists spanning from 1958 to 1979 and 107 records comprise Depression Groove where subtraction and play contradict preservation and timelessness.