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.

Are You Ready for the Country, 62 x 62 inches, LP Covers

Help Me Make it Through the Night, 49.5 x 49.5 inches, LP Covers

Great Balls of Fire - Dolly Parton (1979), 37.25 x 37.25 inches, LP Covers 

Tougher Than Leather - Willie Nelson, 37.25 x 37.25 inches, LP Covers

I Walk the Line, 37.25 x 37.25 inches, LP Covers

Pride of America, 37.25 x 37.25 inches, LP Covers

You’re Lookin At Country, 37.25 x 37 inches, LP Covers

Walking After Midnight - Patsy Cline, 12.25 x 12.25 inches, LP Cover

I Still Miss Someone - Johnny Cash, 12.25 x 12.25 inches, LP Cover

I Wish I Felt This Way At Home - Dolly Parton (1975), 12.25 x 12.25 inches, LP Cover

I Saw the Light - Hank Williams (1968), 12.25 x 12.25 inches, LP Cover

Red Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson, 12.5 x 12.5 inches, LP Cover

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning - J. R. Cash, 12.5 x 24.75 inches, LP Covers

Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music - Ray Charles & Beyond the Sunset - Hank Williams, 12.25 x 24.5 inches, LP Covers

Cry, Cry, Cry - Johnny Cash, 12.5 x 24.75 inches, LP covers

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning - Kitty Wells, 12.5 x 24.75 inches, LP Covers

Can The Circle Be Unbroken - The Carter Family, 12.5 x 36.75 inches, LP Covers

March 5, 1963, 12.5 x 37 inches, LP Covers

I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash, 13.75 x 11.375 inches framed, graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on WSM Grand Ole Opry concert program ca. 1950s/60s

Honky Tonk Blues - Hank Williams, 13.75 x 11.375 inches framed, graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on WSM Grand Ole Opry concert program ca. 1950s/1960s

The End of The World - Skeeter Davis, 13.75 x 11.375 inches framed, graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on WSM Grand Ole Opry concert program ca. 1950s/1960s

Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn, 13.75 x 11.375 inches framed, graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on WSM Grand Ole Opry concert program ca. 1950s/1960s

Walking the Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb, 13.75 x 11.375 inches framed, graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on WSM Grand Ole Opry concert program ca. 1950s/1960s

Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bill Monroe, 13.75 x 11.375 inches framed, graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on WSM Grand Ole Opry concert program ca. 1950s/1960s

I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton, 13.75 x 11.375 inches framed, graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on souvenir magazine

Mystery Train - Elvis Presley, 13.75 x 11.375 inches framed, graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on souvenir magazine

'Til I Can Make It On My Own - Tammy Wynette, 13.75 x 11.375 inches framed, graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on WSM Grand Ole Opry concert program ca 1950s/1960s

Ring of Fire June - Carter Cash, 13.75 x 11.375 inches framed, graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on WSM Grand Ole Opry concert program ca. 1950s/1960s

I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine - Elvis, 10" x 8", graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on paper

If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creek Don't Rise - Johnny Cash, 10" x 8", graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on paper

That's All Right Mama - Elvis, 10" x 8", graphite, galkyd, and Gamsol on paper