Cheryl Donegan b. 1962
Scenes and Commercials
Scenes + Commercials, 1997, 22:00, color, sound
Unlike earlier works the artist is not a performer in "Scenes and Commercials." Instead, the action is the family drama that unfolds at a Beach Boys rehearsal session. The soundtrack, a tape recording of the Wilson Brothers trying to cut the single "Help Me Rhonda" under the overbearing scrutiny of father Murray, tells the story of the struggle to achieve the illusion of carefree, American fun. The visual component of the tape, a neon canopy of a service station in Knoxville, Tennessee, reads like a broken pediment in Donegan's archeology of classical pop forms.
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