Mr. Spector
“Mr. Spector” (side 1)
Mixed media collage
42 x 96 x 2 inches
2006–08
$45,000
Mr. Spector
“Mr. Spector” (side 1 detail)
Mixed media collage
42 x 96 x 2 inches
2006–08
$45,000
Mr. Spector
“Mr. Spector” (side 1 studio)
Mixed media collage
42 x 96 x 2 inches
2006–08
$45,000
Mr. Spector
“Mr. Spector” (side 2)
Mixed media collage
42 x 96 x 2 inches
2006–08
$45,000
Mr. Spector
“Mr. Spector” (side 2 detail)
Mixed media collage
42 x 96 x 2 inches
2006–08
$45,000
Mr. Spector
“Mr. Spector” (side 2 studio)
Mixed media collage
42 x 96 x 2 inches
2006–08
$45,000
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Artist’s Statement

This large collage was part of Patrick McElnea’s MFA thesis exhibition at Yale University in 2008. During the show, he sent the following description to this curator: “Thank you for viewing the collage. My working on it for a year and a half was an additive process, structured as a double-sided field of accumulated imagery, combatively laid but evenly treated. A non-hierarchical grouping of tastes, indexing many of the interests seen in my videos, it’s titled Mr. Spector; or my adaptation of his ‘Wall of Sound’ methodology. One side says ‘Nod or Applaud’ and the other ‘Many Minus Company.’ The text refers to how isolation is either the cause or result of performance…I consider Mr. Spector a major work” (2 June 2008)

Curator’s Note: Phil Spector developed his “Wall of Sound” is production formula in the 1960s with the purpose of creating a dense orchestral aesthetic that came across well through radios and jukeboxes. In 1964 he explained, “I was looking for a sound, a sound so strong that if the material was not the greatest, the sound would carry the record. It was a case of augmenting, augmenting. It all fitted together like a jigsaw.” 

Bio Synopsis

Patrick McElnea earned his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2004 and his MFA from Yale University in 2008. In 2009, he was living and exhibiting in Berlin and enjoyed his first exhibition in New York, at David Nolan Gallery. A critic for The New Yorkermagazine said “the art emerging from primordial ooze is the drift of this rambunctious show of works by thirty-four artists — from bigwigs like Andy Warhol to young guns like Pat McElnea.” Here is the artist as cultural archaeologist who evocatively addresses existentialist issues.  His collages are developed from drawings, photographs, magazine illustrations, and texts. He is also the first artist for whom the role of painting, photography, and collage has often been to serve as backdrops and props for his videos, one of which — Living Room, 2008 — is in the Rubell Collection in Miami. His teaching appointments since 2010 have included Vassar College, Cooper Union, SUNY Buffalo, and the University of San Diego. 

– Peter Hastings Falk