all i want is to be a happy man
Solo exhibition at G Fine Art, Washington DC
2012

This series of sculptural, photographic, and moving image works explores the tripartite relationship between myself, Mark Linkous, and a black quarter horse named Royal Cannon Chex. This body of work uses these relationships to investigate themes of temporality, rebirth, fandom, regionalism, myth, conservation, and artistic production.

120509-drive animation; Stop motion animation VHS Tape depicting drive from site of Mark Linkous’ suicide to birthplace of Royal Cannon Chex; 62 minute runtime


Installation view of "all i want is to be a happy man", G Fine Art, Washington DC 


Installation view of "all i want is to be a happy man", G Fine Art, Washington DC 


Installation view of "all i want is to be a happy man", G Fine Art, Washington DC 


Installation view of "all i want is to be a happy man", G Fine Art, Washington DC 


122407-me as mark; Duratrans Print in Artist-made Lightbox;27"x 39.5” x 6” 


120508-mark as royal cannon chex; Duratrans Print in Artist-made Lightbox; 18” x 22” x 5” 


120508-mark as royal cannon chex too; Duratrans Print in Artist-made Lightbox; 18” x 22” x 5” 


123108-me as royal cannon chex designing mark as royal cannon chex; Duratrans Print in Artist-made Lightbox; 24” x 34” x 6” 

[Each panel contains lyrics from song written by McDonough for a final Sparklehorse album]
Song Panels: Ex: 121607-song panel;Wood burned Cedar Plywood, Maple; Vary from 9” by 12” to 12” by 15”;: [Each panel contains lyrics from song written by McDonough for a final Sparklehorse album]


122205-rubbing, Wax rubbing, fabric-executed at various addressed believed to be former sites of Mark Linkous' Static King recording studio; 22" by 40" 


122007-linen painting; House paint color matched to birth and death dates of Mark Linkous and Royal Cannon Chex, Linen; 44” x 60” 


122507-record console (what a centaur sounds like); Antiqued record player, Mark Linkous used musical equipment (Including Roland DAX-15x amplifier, Boss effects pedals), Etched Plexiglas disc; 28" by 17" by 58" 


120208-blanket; Custom Printed Sweatshirt Blanket; 30” x 40” 


120608-storage bags; Dirt displaced by McDonough's sculpture buried at former Static King site. Comforter storage bags; 30” x 28” x 13” 

The opening for this exhibition was held the day of what would have been Mark Linkous’ 50th birthday.  These 50 candles were burned in his honor during the reception.
120709-candle shelf; Antiqued wall shelf, Wax from 50 taper candles; 11” by 11” by 40”: The opening for this exhibition was held the day of what would have been Mark Linkous’ 50th birthday. These 50 candles were burned in his honor during the reception.


120506- horse urn; Poplar, Stain, Varnish, Future home of Royal Cannon Chex’s ashes; 12” x 12” x 12”